In a tiny kingdom, a goose herd girl seizes her chance for 'revenge' on royal heiress Elisabeth whose haughty entourage once humiliated the maiden by ordering her to fetch water for a drunk...
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Arrogant spoiled princess Isabella of Gerania haughtily rejects all suitors, even prince Richard of Begonia, whom she liked in a previous anonymous meeting. Finally her exasperated royal ... See full summary »
In a tiny kingdom, a goose herd girl seizes her chance for 'revenge' on royal heiress Elisabeth whose haughty entourage once humiliated the maiden by ordering her to fetch water for a drunk the princess didn't even want. Indeed she is part of the train with magic horse Florian when the princess is sent to her betrothed, king Gustav's studly son Leopold. Thus the maiden sheds the third of the queen's blood drops shed to protect the princess and forces her, by near-drowning, to accept an identity-swap. Written by
"Die Gänsemagd" or "The Goose Maiden" is another one-hour fairytale movie directed by Sibylle Tafel. She did some more of these and also some romance movies in the past. So you could probably say that she is as experienced as the writer duo Kömmerling/Brinx who have also worked on quite a few children's television projects in the past, usually together.
"Die Gänsemagd" came out Christmas 5 years ago and the cast is top-notch, better than for many theater releases these days. Herfurth, Lukas and Hübchen are in this film and even the other lesser known actors have appeared in the likes of "The Baader Meinhof Complex", "Sophie Scholl", "Ninja Assassin", "Soul Kitchen" and "Oh Boy". Herfurth made this shortly after the reader and she is currently maybe the best-known younger actress from Germany. Lukas, who plays the prince, is still mostly known for "Good Bye Lenin".
The story is about a young princess who goes on a journey to meet her future husband, but faces many dangers on the way. The biggest danger, however, comes from within as a power-greedy goose maiden blackmails her into a change of characters. Of course, as usually with Brother Grimm tales, there is a happy ending and it is a movie which is not too cruel, so children can watch it. It's probably not my favorite fairytale adaptations from the many there are right now, but it surely makes a good watch. Recommended.
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