Seventh grader Mika Schwartz loathes schoolwork so much that she is banished to her strict grandmother’s horse ranch, and unexpectedly finds she is the only person able to calm the violent but prized horse called Windstorm.
The film “Windstorm” begins on a very bad day for young teen Mika who, after being humiliated by her science teacher, accidentally sets his papers on fire and is subsequently visited by the police. It only gets worse when her mortified parents cancel her summer camp and assure Mika she will be relegated to a summer of study at her ‘other’ grandmother’s ranch. Soon after she arrives, she meets with resentment from the riding students, aloofness from her grandmother, and exasperation from Sam, her handsome watch. A surprising solace comes in Windstorm, a dangerous horse responsible for her grandmother’s career-ending injury. Compassionately and without reserve, Mika naively approaches and calms the powerful steed.In this touching tween movie, Mika sees herself in Windstorm, frustrated by walls, seeking freedom to be herself. Mika’s special gift of “feeling the horse” surprises others and begins to give way to new thinking, new perspectives. As she confidently embraces her empathetic gift, both she and Windstorm bloom, causing friends and family to reflect on and mend broken relationships. Bonus refresher alert: Mika and Sam remain non-romantic friends! Dubbed in English, this beautifully filmed German movie is a sweet, coming of age film and reminders us that, when freed to use our gifts, we can help others hurdle life’s difficulties and obtain a higher prize.