This Czechoslovakian children’s film takes place during the last days of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The young son of a horse trainer loves nothing more than riding his horse, until he is stricken by polio…
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The minute particulars associated with the lore of childhood are getting long in the tooth. Set-pieces of sickness & convalescence,
the familial idyll & drama, the high jinks peculiar to children, & the first kiss by a girl are all here, but in a rather familiar & middlingly enjoyable way. Sometimes evocatively dream-like, but again uneven--it can just as be prosaic.