The Horse Whisperer


(out of 5)

Absorbing, superior adaptation of Nicholas Evans’ novel features  in top form as a frightened mother who is losing her daughter () to grief following a tragic accident that claims the life of the daughter’s best friend. Scott Thomas decides to take her daughter’s horse, injured severely in the accident as well, to an equine shaman (), hoping that the psychological survival of the animal will mean the emotional survival of her daughter; what she doesn’t count on is possible romance with the ‘horse whisperer’. The many levels of storytelling are managed beautifully in the seamless script by Richard LaGravenese and Eric Roth, who wisely keep out much of the annoying sexual overtones of the novel in favour of a more intellectual relationship between the two leads. Johansson is compelling as the burgeoning young woman, and  is a natural as a rancher’s daughter turned rancher’s wife with big dreams of the world beyond.

Touchstone Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises

USA, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Robert Redford

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by , ,

Academy Awards 1998

Golden Globe Awards 1998


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