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Viewers will learn a bit about both sides of the conflict between farmers who lose livestock to wild animals and those who understand the importance of large predators to the ecosystem.
Wild animals are better off living free in the wild. We need to find balance between the needs of nature and humans. People are much more dangerous than wild animals.
Positive Role Models
Victoria, who's about 8, is a good model of empathy and perseverance. She loves her pet wolf cub and never gives up on trying to keep it. But when she learns that it will be better off with its own kind in the wild, she willingly lets it go. Stephane, Vicky's father, is a good model of compassion. He's very patient with Victoria while they're both mourning the loss of his wife, Victoria's mother. No real villains, but the farmers who want to get rid of the wolves are shown a bit negatively, although we understand why they're upset.
All White characters in the French Alps.
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Violence & Scariness
A pet is shot and a small amount of blood is shown on the animal's side with a safe resolution. A man punches another in the face. Men with hunting rifles and the sounds of a gunshot and whimpering imply a wolf has been killed. Wolves are shown eating what looks like a dead deer; no gore is shown. A man gets physically closer and closer to a woman while he's talking to her. She tells him to stop and he does.
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Translated from French: "crap," "crappy," "damn," "bastard," and "poop." All strong words except "poop" are removed from the version dubbed in English.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine with dinner. A guest brings beer to dinner. A bottle of rum is given as a gift. No excessive drinking shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vicky and Her Mystery (originally released as Mystere) is a French movie based on a true story about an 8-year-old girl who adopts a wolf cub as a pet. There's sadness from both the recent death of Victoria's mother and from the risk that the wolf will be taken away from Victoria. Sensitive animal lovers should know that violence includes a pet getting shot with blood briefly shown on the animal's side, a punch in the face, and killing a wolf is implied with off-screen sound effects. Language in the version with English subtitles includes "crap," "damn," "bastard," and "poop." The version dubbed in English only has "poop." Adults drink wine with meals, never to excess. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This moving story based on real events about love, loss, and grief has lots of charm, but it's also touched with sadness throughout. Overall, the tone of Vicky and Her Mystery is quiet and gently paced, but the story moves along and holds the viewer's interest. The acting is very well done, especially Shanna Keil as Victoria, and the beautiful French Alps are almost another character in the story. Some of the locations, distances, and amounts of time that's passed are slightly confusing, but not enough to get in the way of connecting to the story.
Kids old enough to follow subtitles can probably handle the rare strong language translated from French, but the dubbed version in English uses milder words of little concern. Younger viewers may need help with the themes of grief, parental loss, and animals in danger. Keep a tissue handy for the bittersweet but satisfying ending.
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