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White Mane

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White Mane is a French flick from the 1950s that might very well be an allegory for your own life. The film follows the story of White Mane, a wild horse roaming free in the Camargue region of France. White Mane, a rebel who–even when captured in body–could never be captured in spirit. That is, until a child finds his way into White Mane’s heart (sound familiar) and led White Mane down a path he never could have imagined. Re-released in 2007, this film focuses on the harsh symbiosis between captured animals and their owners, and certainly won’t provide a sweet bedtime sendoff for your kid. White Mane eventually finds a certain kind of freedom, but only after challenging (and losing to) another alpha leader in his horse “tribe,” then choosing to retreat from the mainstream world (sound familiar again?).

This movie will definitely provide more food for thought than a 135th viewing of Happy Feet. Exposure to different modes of narrative, rhythms of speaking and storytelling, and cinematography, are the key to filling your child’s mind with the wonderful sense of inquiry that will lead him or her to attend graduate school and study the intricacies of foreign film. Here’s a great place to start.

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