Parents' Guide to

Heidi (2015)

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Enjoyable, beautiful, warmhearted remake of classic tale.

Movie NR 2015 111 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Picturesque and heart warming

My 5 year old really struggled with the themes of abandonment and home sickness and needed lots of reassuring throughout this film. She cried and shouted with tears of anger, but then also relief and happiness! My 6 year old was very distressed at the goat slaughter, but coped fine with the rest. My 8 year old took it all in her stride and really enjoyed it. I loved the book as a child and remember the TV series, just about. The film is good and covers the main aspects of the story, but fails to get the amazing descriptiveness of the environments and the foods, the sights and the smells, the friendships and the emotions anywhere near the book. Which is to be expected. It's still beautiful though - worth a watch!

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Great role models
age 7+

Adults and kids enjoyed greatly

We were pleasantly surprised at the warmth and beauty of this movie. Adults had seen the Shirley Temple version and were uncertain we would enjoy this one. We felt the story was beautifully told and shown. Good role models of friendships and intergenerational love. Some characters are overly simplistic or stereotypical, but that works for children. We watched dubbed version which was occasionally distracting but overall done very well.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

Gorgeously photographed, with wonderful performances and artful direction, this production honors the spirit, intent, and gratifying story created by Johanna Spyri in her classic 1880 children's book. From the opening scenes, director Alain Gsponer's lush version of the story reveals his command both of a long-ago time and place and of filmmaking designed to evoke strong emotions and accessibility. Heidi (2015) is the most recent film adaptation of the story, following numerous movies for theaters and television, the most well-known of which is the 1937 Heidi, starring Shirley Temple. Anuk Steffen makes this Heidi her own; her performance is flawless and endearing. Bruno Ganz, a much-honored German actor, delivers a nuanced Grandfather. It appears that the dubbed version of the DVD is the most readily available in the U.S., but the subtitled film is a solid entry for strong readers. This film is highly recommended.

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