The film “Heidi and Grandpa” is adapted from the classic novel “Heidi” by the famous children’s writer Johanna Spili and directed by Alan Gaspenner. Since its birth, “Heidi” has been adapted into various film and television works many times. For example, the movie “Heidi” starring Shirley Temple in 1937; the 52-episode Japanese TV animation “Girls of the Alps” filmed by Takahata and produced by Hayao Miyazaki in 1974.
“Heidi and Grandpa”, a movie with a Douban score of 9.2, tells the childhood experience of a little girl, Heidi, interspersed with many beautiful views of the Alps. Of course, the beautiful scenery alone is not enough to be loved by so many viewers. “Heidi and Grandpa” unfolds a grand story from a small format, bursting out endless highlights from a simple plot. It uses delicate brushstrokes to draw a magnificent and magnificent scene between understatements, and outlines the changes of time and time in a silent place.
The charm of “healing”
A little girl named Heidi died when both of her parents died when she was very young, and she was dependent on her aunt, but her aunt always regarded her as a burden. When Heidi was 7 years old, her aunt gave her to her grandfather who lived alone in the Swiss Alps. Grandpa is withdrawn and simple, and everyone in the mountain village has a prejudice against him and regards him as an outlier. But Heidi didn’t care about this. After several encounters, Grandpa was moved by her innocence and purity, and dispelled the idea of sending her away. Soon, Heidi became fascinated by life in the mountains, fascinated by the life of her grandfather. During the day, with the shepherd boy, we drove the flock of sheep on the green grass, watching the rising sun and the sunset, the clouds and the clouds; at night, I slept on the second floor of the grandfather’s hut, resting my head on hay, looking up at the stars.
The towering snow-capped mountains, the flock of sheep eating grass, and Heidi playing with Pete in the film all seem to be a pastoral song with beautiful tunes.
In 2015, “Heidi and Grandpa” co-produced by Germany and Switzerland, is the “Story of Heidi” once again on the screen.
One day, the aunt who abandoned Heidi suddenly appeared, took Heidi away from her grandfather without authorization, took the train to Frankfurt, Germany, and sold her to the home of a wealthy man in the city. She was given to a sickly and unable to stand and walk. Wealthy daughters do accompany reading. After leaving his grandfather’s house, Heidi’s life has changed drastically. She sat at the window more than once, staring at the endless buildings in the big city in a daze, thinking about the endless grass on the Alps, the rocks on the grass, and the springs by the rocks all the time; she missed her without time to say goodbye when she left in a hurry. Grandfather, and grandfather’s small house that entrusted her beautiful childhood. The sun rises and the moon sets, the stars change, and another year in a blink of an eye. Heidi went from an ignorant and reckless country girl to a naturally decent and educated girl. Her innocent personality made her not only the closest partner of the rich Miss Clara, but even the servants, servants, personal teachers, and full-time doctors all loved her. I don’t know when, she has completely integrated into this brand new world.
But only Heidi knew that in the deepest part of her heart, she still yearned for the carefree paradise she had when she was a child. She has learned to use a spoon to serve soup and a knife to cut butter, but she can’t forget the joy of picking up a pot of goat milk and drank it; wearing a gorgeous skirt and stepping on elegant shoes, she can’t forget the past. The freedom of running barefoot on the hillside in ragged clothes, but she never mentioned it to anyone. Reluctant to leave Clara alone, Heidi always suppressed her desire to return to Grandpa. Later, Heidi started sleepwalking because of homesickness. She ran to the gate and looked in the direction of the Alps, which made Clara’s family think that she was haunted. In the end, Clara’s father asked the butler to send Heidi back to her hometown, and she rushed into the arms of her grandfather like a swallow.
No one knows how excited and happy Grandpa was when he heard Heidi yelling and galloping over from a distance. They hugged each other tightly, enjoying the long-awaited moment. The green grass under the blue sky, the turquoise lake reflecting the cloudless sky; wild flowers blooming in the wind, butterflies flying on the grass, gray brick and stone huts, creaking wooden doors swaying in the wind . Heidi went home, back to the purest and most beautiful paradise in her heart. Heidi wrote a letter to Clara far away, telling her everything here.
And Clara finally refused to stay in the city full of tall buildings, so she came to Switzerland after many twists and turns, and came to Heidi, the home of her best friend. Clara, who grew up in a big city, never thought that her original life could become so simple and beautiful. They can throw hay around without restraint, they can stare at the flocks of sheep in a daze, they can chat and laugh freely, and they can hold up a clear mountain spring for a drink. For the first time in these years, she got rid of the ties that accompanied her every year and found her long-lost self in the purest nature.
Many times, I thought that the plot would take a sharp turn and become a tragedy, which would make the audience regret forever in their beautiful memories, because pain is often more unforgettable and unforgettable than happiness. But I was wrong, it was destined to be a simple and beautiful fairy tale from the beginning. Accompanied by the beautiful and lively music of the film, sometimes strolling in the lush woods of the Alps, sometimes wandering in the busy morning breeze of Frankfurt. Whether it’s the rhythmic dynamics of sitting on a sledge all the way down the hillside, or the vast silence when overlooking all living beings on the tallest tower in the city, it is fully reflected in the director’s proficiency in the lens language.
Regarding the family, this movie does not even need the most basic contradictions and conflicts. Just relying on every little thing in daily life, a facial expression between a frown and a smile, can give Heidi and grandpa the deepest and deepest feelings. Leave an indelible impression on the audience. Its family theme is deep and realistic, there is no separation of life and death, only parting and reunion. A goodbye without saying goodbye to an unexpected reunion is enough to make everyone moved.
Regarding friendship-the most innocent and sincere feeling that will only exist between the two most innocent children. Maybe we come from completely different worlds, there is no intersection before this moment. But just a few words and a game have become irresistible friends. From not knowing each other to being important in each other’s world, crossing the limit of distance, bringing the world that oneself yearns for to each other, so that the feelings without any impurities can be met but not sought. Many years later, when you think of the dusty past, you are still filled with comfort and pride.
This fairy tale can still have such vitality and charm to this day. With the changes in the world, too many people and things are no longer the same. However, human beings are pursuing simple and plain aesthetic dreams, but they have never changed over time. This is the charm of healing culture.
Refuse to dominate
Each of us hopes that we will live in a happy family since we were young, in a relatively well-off family, and be able to receive a good education. However, in reality, not everyone has this kind of luck. Many people may have encountered various ups and downs and misfortunes since childhood. Of course, many people feel that their lives are just like this because they get such scripts.
So what kind of life script is she, the heroine of the film, Heidi? I believe that if most people are asked to predict Heidi’s future, most people will think that she is very pitiful and unhappy. When she grows up, she will also embark on a life path that is poor and has a rather eccentric temperament.
Assuming Heidi thinks the same way, then she will probably follow this path to live her life. However, the ingenious part of the story of “Heidi and Grandpa” is that it is not arranged in accordance with such a daily set script. In the movie, Heidi has at least three reversals of the life script.
The first time the life script was reversed was when the title Heidi was sent to grandfather, who was grotesque in the eyes of everyone and was not close to others. When the aunt left regardless, Grandpa ignored Heidi and blocked her alone. After that, he even said that he would let the priest send Heidi away. How tragic is Heidi’s fate if it is written in this script? However, the end result is that Heidi won the heart of grandfather and continued to stay by his side, relying on him as a company, and living happily in the Alps. So, how did she refuse to be dominated by her destiny and be able to stay with her relatives?
The second life script reversal was when she was tricked into the city by her aunt to be a student with Clara, a rich girl. Many people think that this is a destiny change for Heidi, especially her friends in the Alps, they all feel that they can live a worry-free life in a rich family.
However, in the very repressive and confined cultural atmosphere of the 19th century, living in such a large family, their life script seems to be written in accordance with the rules of becoming a lady and maid. However, Heidi still retained her innocence, and finally realized her dream of returning to her original state of life. So, how did she win everyone’s recognition and realize her desire to return to her original life?
The third life script reversal occurred when she returned to the Alps. Returning to the Alps means that she has returned to become an ordinary farmer. Although grandpa also arranged for her to go to school, it is conceivable that the life script here may be farming for a lifetime. However, Heidi chose to pick up the pen and prepare to start writing the story. You may be envious of her being able to have the courage to reject the fate of being dominated and rewrite her life script. However, what kind of confidence does this little girl rely on to refuse to be dominated?
First of all, Heidi knew he was going to break the “ban”. In childhood, parents or other adults will tell their children: you can’t, you can’t do this or that, this is giving the child a “ban”. For children, he has a kind of “life instinct”, that is: I must limit my words and deeds to meet everyone’s expectations, so that I can get the love of my parents. Bigger, he can also get more love by restricting his words and deeds. Of course, this restriction will accompany one’s life. It is precisely because of this “ban” that they accept the tragic life script, as if they can only interpret their life according to the lines and actions on the script.
The experience of living with Heidi in the Alps made Clara play in the grass like an ordinary child and breathe freely on the prairie.
The wealthy family who bought Heidi had a long and big dining table, expensive and exquisite tableware, private housekeepers, tutors, doctors, and well-trained maids. The family is very particular about etiquette, so when Heidi makes an “unceremonious” behavior, the butler will come out and strictly stop it.
Clara’s grandmother is a persuasive elder, she is the guiding light when Heidi is lost in life.
When Heidi and Grandpa lived together, what she broke was the “ban” that Grandpa was a bad guy who was not easy to get along with. Because it is not easy to get along with, many people say that Grandpa is a murderer, and even Heidi herself once had the idea of fleeing. However, she is very precious that she is willing to share her worries with her grandfather, and she is willing to use her own eyes instead of the eyes of others to observe what kind of person grandpa is.
When she lived in Clara’s house, she broke the family “ban” of housekeepers. The housekeeper has a set of prohibitions on how to eat, how to speak, what can or cannot be done, not only controlling Clara, but also trying to transform Heidi. However, the naive Heidi did not fully agree with these prohibitions. She took Clara to go shopping, and took back the cat that the housekeeper didn’t like. Her behaviors that do not seem to be a lady indicate that she does not want to be the lady role expected by the housekeeper, and in this way tells the housekeeper not to control herself by this kind of ban. In fact, the housekeeper did give up the transformation of Heidi later.
Back in the Alps, she broke the “ban” of the lifestyle. Most of the children on the mountain have the same visions for their future life as their parents. They seem to be unable to think of and are not allowed to do things outside this category. And Heidi wants a lifestyle she likes.
When you try to challenge the dominated life, you must first know which “bans” you are fighting against. Most of these “bans” are just a kind of rhetoric that others think you should live, and even they live that way. When you can discover these, you can step out, at least you can ask this question: Why should I be trapped by these “bans”?
Break the shackles
In addition to Heidi and Grandpa, anyone who has watched this movie will be impressed by one person, Clara’s grandmother. This is a wise man in the movie and can be regarded as Heidi’s life mentor. If Heidi has the courage to refuse to be dominated purely on her own, it is a bit impractical, because after all, she is a child, and if she wants to have a higher vision, she must have an adult with sufficient wisdom to lead her.
Clara’s grandma is just such a character. Her main help to Heidi is to give her “balcony thinking”.
Balcony thinking means to look at yourself and things from a higher angle like standing on a balcony, instead of using your original perspective, so that you can look at everything more objectively. Everyone actually has their own mindset, that is, we always feel that things should be like this, and therefore we can’t see that things may have other situations. For many of us, the reason why it is difficult to have the courage to refuse to be dominated is precisely because we are trapped in this kind of thinking.
In the film, when the tutor criticized Heidi, thinking that she was mediocre and not serious about studying, Clara’s grandma did not fall into a fixed mindset, and she chose to communicate with Heidi. This kind of refusal to be dominated by others’ words and deeds, and the ability to think independently, is a step beyond the fixed mindset, and it is also a manifestation of “balcony thinking”.
So, this made her understand that Heidi is actually a very smart child, but Heidi has a mindset-Pete told her that it is useless to read and write like these children in their village. Of course, for Heidi and Pete, this was not wrong at the time, but this kind of thinking confined them to their own life scripts.
Grandma didn’t use great principles to educate Heidi, such as what is the role of education, but gave her a “bait.” She told Heidi an interesting story, Heidi liked it very much, but grandma didn’t tell Heidi what happened next and what the ending was. Instead, she told Heidi if you want to know what happened next. , Then you can learn to write. Heidi was inspired by her grandma’s words and began to read and recognize words seriously. Of course, and because of this, Heidi has a higher vision and gradually has “balcony thinking”.
With “balcony thinking”, Heidi was able to say the dream of “I want to write a story”. Of course, she was ridiculed by many people because of this. “Everyone laughed at me because I wanted to write a story.” When she returned to the Alps and wrote a letter to tell her grandma about this concern, her heart was shaken.
There are many people who try to rewrite the script of life, and they will shake in the process of rewriting. I wonder if you are reading this article as well. So, what Grandma Clara told Heidi is very important to you: it’s because everyone knows too little, and you have seen the larger world. If you think what things in this world make you happy, Just do it, no matter what others say.
Many viewers after watching the movie take this passage as their motto in life. In fact, this sentence is the best explanation of “balcony thinking”. When you break away from the original cognitive limitations and see the larger world, you will understand that you refuse to be dominated, in fact, to embrace the larger world. .
The original author lived in the 19th century, when the West began to allow women to receive education. This period also gave birth to many female writers like Heidi whose life goal is to write stories, such as “Jane Eyre” author Charlotte Bronte, Mrs. Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, etc. In fact, they all benefited from the “balcony thinking”, which allowed them to rewrite their life scripts.
And such an impact can be said to continue to this day. Recently, there is a regular guest on the book list “When you fly like a bird to your mountain”, author Tara Westfer, can be said to be the live-action version of Heidi in the 21st century. This girl from Dashan, who had never stepped into the classroom before the age of 17, was made of scrap copper and rotten iron from the junkyard in her childhood, only the roar of the crane, and her father did not allow her to have her own voice. However, it was through self-study that she became a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of History from Harvard University and Cambridge University. This book is her personal autobiography, and her story has inspired many people.
Therefore, when you feel that your life is in trouble and your destiny is dominated, you might as well go to school. When you stand on a higher perspective and see the wider world, the cages and shackles that trap you will also be broken.
In fact, if there is a person around you who has the courage to refuse to be dominated, your life script is likely to be rewritten. Take Clara, she is not a physically bad child, but because of hysteria, that is, because of the dominant psychological factors. In the 19th century, this was a common mental illness. In fact, Freud discovered hypnosis by treating a large number of patients with hysteria, and further invented psychological talk, which is now psychotherapy.
The inability to walk can actually be used as a metaphor for “dominated”. Life is limited by the heart and cannot be free. Because of Heidi’s appearance, Clara saw and had the opportunity to experience the other side of life. Especially when she lived with Heidi in the Alps, she was able to lick a bowl and eat, play in the grass like an ordinary child, and breathe freely on the prairie. That is to say, at that moment, when her mind was untied, her feet could walk naturally.
Sometimes, maybe just someone has done a demonstration and you can move forward. If you feel that you have also got a bad life script, you might as well try to make some changes with Heidi’s courage. Maybe your life can also deduce another script.