Owen Gleiberman
November 21, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

White Mane

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
40 minutes
performer
Alain Emery
director
Albert Lamorisse
genre
Kids and Family

We gave it an A-

In The Red Balloon, a boy bonds with an airy plaything too impish, and free, for the adult world. In White Mane, which director Albert Lamorisse made three years earlier (and which, like The Red Balloon, is now being rereleased), a boy bonds with a white stallion too wild, and free, for the adult world. This earlier incarnation of the theme is grittier, less sunny, as the horse is hunted by ruthless men who want to trap it, break it, ruin it. A haunting final escape seals the cost of freedom. A-

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