Parents' Guide to

White Mane

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

A timeless boy and horse film with some tense chase scenes.

Movie G 1954 40 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+


PG: mild brief thematic elements

Is It Any Good?

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Filmed in stark black and white, White Mane -- directed by The Red Balloon's Albert Lamorisse -- won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and with good reason. This deceptively simple story of a boy and his horse, told through sparse narration and dialogue, is a transcendent and powerful experience that should resonate with both kids and adults. For kids in particular, there is a touching appeal to the boy Folco's love and caring for the stubborn white horse who grows to trust him.

It's a thoroughly engaging folktale of sorts, and while it has intense action and not the happiest of endings, it's a timeless story of the relationships between animals and people, and the deep bonds that can form between the pure hearted.

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