In 1881, Swiss author Johanna Spyri wrote Heidi, a classic story of a young girl and her grandfather. The story of Heidi has been told, retold, and most recently captured in a beautiful and heart-warming 2015 German film by Alain Gsponer. Now, for the first time, this film is available in the United States exclusively through Walmart. The whole Full Van Fun crew loved the movie and we’re excited to share our review as well as give you a chance to win a copy!


Heidi (Anuk Steffens)

“Heidi opens the hearts of people right where goodness is located. I think the story contains a longing we all have: a child that is so pure, a child that can just be itself. That was a very important aspect for me when writing the screenplay. The contrasts are also incredibly powerful. On the one hand we have this small, tender girl in her little shirt and on the other hand the old, grumpy Almöhi. Then we have a house in Germany that is like a corset into which the girl, who has come from the mountains and was so free, is forced. These massive contrasts in the story are something universal, which is why people still like reading the story to this day” – Heidi Screenwriter Petra Volpe

Heidi (Anuk Steffen) and her Grandfather (Bruno Ganz) in the Alps


Here some quotes from our Full Van Fun crew about the movie:

“Visually captivating and colorful”

“You will feel the Alps and feel the family”

“I loved the music! It always played very well off of the emotions of the scenes”

“A wonderful storyline! I loved the scenery!”

“A splendid combination of funny and happy”

“It me made me feel happy”

“I loved it!”

“The movie was cool, I liked the part when the boy ate Heidi’s food!”

Peter (Quirin Agrippi) and Heidi (Anuk Steffens)


So how does a Full Van Fun film review work? Each member of the family watches the movie and scores it as AWESOME (e.g 5 stars), average (2 1/2 stars), or not awesome (0 stars). We total up the scores for the film and then calculate how many stars the movie receives. The combination of the classic tale and the incredible production made Heidi a family favorite. Despite the awkward, at times, English dubbing of the original German (kids actually liked the subtitled version better), Heidi scored 4 1/2 stars (out of 5).


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* Promotion open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only, ages 18+, void where prohibited. All entries must be received by April 13, 2017. Winner will be chosen on, about, or after April 14, 2017, and will be notified via email to confirm. If no response within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen. Prize provided and shipped by Film Movement to the winner. Only one person will win and Full Van Fun is not responsible for any lost or misdirected packages.