The Dark Horse (I) (2008)
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The characters in the beginning were cold, and the only likable character was the father with dementia. There was a lot of drama in the beginning with family members not talking to each other. I didn't mind a little back story, but got this solely as a horse movie. It wasn't that. Instead, there were a lot of out of place songs with out of place stock footage of nature scenes and a painfully slow storyline that dealt more with family issues than about a Friesian horse plot that takes up only a fourth of the movie's plot.
The plot centers more around a father whom has dementia and his grown kids come to their farm to find out that he owes back taxes for his wife's father's farm. The wife solely believes that the "wild Friesian" that she bought could be trained and rode in the dressage competition, while the dementia suffering husband believes he can save the farm with his invention that he works on throughout most of the movie. That plot about the Friesian horse was short lived, but if I heard right, the name of the farm was "Dark Horse Farms" during the announcing of the Ballet teacher.
This is not a particularly heart warming story. The plot ends at the family moving away from their farm, but at the end, as the horses and farm are sold, the family has mended broken ties. In seeing the scene of the husband with dementia kissing and loving his wife near the end, whom they talked about their marriage was "for better or worse", and about how they would never leave each other, I found it touching the heart of my wife and myself, whom mirror that husband and wife in the story. That was about the only heartwarming thing in the entire movie.
This wasnt a rubbish movie it was a thoughtful movie about a family in conflict.
From the daughter to the brothers each of them having their own issues to cope with in coming back home to help with their fathers illness which dragged up a lot of old wounds. However, going through it all again and facing the loss of their parents farm they all learnt to find peace again with each other, and Carol Roscoe who played Dana finally forgave her mother for past hurts and faced her fears of riding again.
I really found it quite sad and touching. Yes there was a story about a horse but it wasnt what the movie was about. The movie was about loss of oneself and coming to terms to life long challenges of dealing with a horrible disease like Alzheimers and the consequences of it and also of having a child with autism and how the two related to each other. I found the scenes with the boy and the grandfather very touching.
I liked the ending it was the right one.
Not sure what-every one else was watching. My daughter told me to watch this so that's 2 people who thoroughly enjoyed it.
The horse was truly magnificent wouldnt I love one of them.