What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that yes, this is a horse movie featuring two cute Irish boys, making it seem appropriate for younger kids, but there are plenty of mature and heart-wrenching themes grappled with here. The boys lost their mother and discuss it often -- the younger boy discovering that she died giving birth to him; and their heartbroken father is drinking his life away and ignoring his kids. The family does find a way to come together and deal with their loss, but not before one child nearly drowns.
- Families can talk about coping with loss. How do the brothers help each other cope? What finally forces Papa to deal with the loss of his wife? What other movies deal with loss in a profound way?
- There are elements of magic in this story. What does the horse represent? How does it relate to Grandpa's story?
- Viewers also see a lifestyle -- that of the travelers -- not often shown on film. Why do characters say it's in their blood to be travelers? Why is it hard for them to become "settled people"? How can you find out more about this unique group of people?