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Life is cruel for little Winky. She has been forced to leave her native China for the mysterious and distressing world of a place named Holland. But she gradually adapts and finds solace by becoming attached to Sara, an old pony. Of course her parents would never allow her to have a horse but at school she learns that an old man with a white beard called Santa Claus brings presents to all the good children in Holland. She just has to ask him. Written by
Lovely movie for families, a gift from Belgium to the whole world
Winky (Ebbie Tam) is a little Chinese girl who arrives in Belgium, having been adopted by Chinese immigrant parents (dad is played by Aaron Wan). Naturally, although her parents speak Chinese and operate an Oriental restaurant, the rest of her new surroundings is very strange. Most dismal of all is school, where some of the kids make fun of her. Going a few blocks out of town on her bicycle, Winky finds a beautiful little horse, which makes her spirits improve. Even better, the kind people who own the horse let Winky feed and brush the animal. Even so, none of the school children believe her when the Chinese girl says she "has a horse". But, soon, Winky learns a new custom that warms her heart. St. Nicholas is coming to town and he can bring you the gifts you want. Winky is certain he will bring her the little horse and even sits on St. Nick's lap at the store to give him the details. Will this truly be a present the Great One can deliver? This is a lovely family film, dubbed, but, seamlessly so and with care and zest. Blending the theme of cultural differences with the universal dreams of children and parents everywhere, it hits a high mark in both areas. Tam is one beautiful and talented child and the rest of the cast is quite nice, too. Then, too, the glimpse into the foreign settings and costumes is also a delight and the direction is well-paced and flowing. Do look for this one, fans of family-friendly films AND holiday themed flicks. It's a sweet, satisfying movie.
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