The Horse Whisperer
Director: Robert Redford
Producer: Patrick Markey, Robert Redford
Screenwriter: Eric Roth, Richard LaGravenese
Stars: Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas,
Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Cooper
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Year of Release: 1998
Released on Video: 11/01/98
A young girl, Grace, and her beloved prized
horse are seriously injured in a bad accident that leaves
them both psychically scarred. Believing that the best hope
for healing her daughter is to heal the horse, the mother,
Annie, travels to Montana with Grace and horse to seek the
aid of master trainer, Tom. His technique involves almost
mystical efforts to understand the horse and slowly gain its
trust. Tom’s unorthodox ways not only heal horse and
daughter, they also unearth Annie’s long-repressed pains
and passions, forcing her to confront her own complicity in
the creation of her lifeless marriage.
Notice the slow but steady, gradual healing
process for the horse, daughter and mother. They do not give
up and eventually go through a transformation.
- Do you believe that you will never be
able to heal the emotional pain that you are experiencing
- Do you remember a time in your life when you were able experience
emotional healing like Annie and Grace although you didn’t
think it was possible?
- If this was possible, do you consider that you might have
the capacity to heal again?
- Does Annie’s and Grace’s capacity to find healing
for their emotional wounds remind you of possibly neglected
resources inside you that might help you to achieve the same?