A wild and fiercely independent princess fights against the expectations of her mother and her society. Her mother wants her to accept a betrothal for which she is not ready. Things take a magical and comical turn when her mother is accidentally turned into a bear.

At moments the artwork and visual poetry of this movie are incredible.

I was a bit disappointed in the mother-to-bear part. A bit too stupid for my tastes. I would have preferred a more romantic tale where the wild girl meets her match in a virtuous yet strong-charactered suitor who finds her fierce spirit an asset rather than a liability. Maybe that will come in the sequel.

Meanwhile, the movie might offer the opportunity for some good discussions about how far is too far in family expectations for a daughter or son. Here are a few questions for discussion:


1. What do you think about this story and the girl’s effort to be understood?


  1. How much should parents have a say in who a daughter or son dates or marries?


3. Are there some things parents know about dating and marriage that a young person doesn’t? Are these things relevant to good relationships?


4. At what age is it ok for a girl to begin “hanging around” with boys in a potentially romantic way? What is a sufficient age for dating or courtship?


5. How do you choose a good spouse?


6. Are some of the things that parents look for in a good spouse for their daughter or son  good things? Which?


On a positive level, the movie does reinforce many good values about love in a family and the value of parents.

About the Author:

Father Ernest Daly was ordained a priest by Pope John Paul II in 1991. He has an MA in Philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome, and an MA in Theology from the Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Fr. Ernest has spent the last 30 years of his life working in schools and with young people, and has been publishing Our Faith In Action® since its founding in 2003. He loves skiing, movies, and hanging out with his nieces and nephews (he has a ton!).

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