A young, poor orphan in 19th-century Belgium
endures many hardships but never gives up his dream of becoming a famous artist one day.
With Jack Warden, Jeremy James Kissner, Jesse James, Jon Voight, Steven Hartley, Cheryl
Ladd, Madylin Sweeten and Bruce McGill. [1:41]
SEX/NUDITY 2 - A boy kisses a girl on the cheek, and a boy and girl look as
if they are about to kiss as a scene ends. We see, from the back, a woman who appears to
be buttoning her shirt as a drunken, fully clothed man lies on the ground in front of her
(no nudity is visible; it's mildly implied that they've had some sort of sexual
tryst). We see a shirtless man.
VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - In one scene, a man threatens and tries to cut two other
men with a knife; a brief knife fight follows, and as the man is about to hit another with
a large cleaver, a dog knocks him down and into a stairwell (we see the lifeless man lying
on the steps with some blood on his face). In a dream sequence, we see a boy lying in a
casket during his funeral procession. A man appears to have trouble breathing, then falls
to the ground and dies. We see a woman lying in bed, looking very pale and sweaty, then
closing her eyes and dying. A boy stumbles in the forest during a snowstorm and passes out
in a snow bank. A drunken man yells at a dog, whips it repeatedly and leaves it in a
forest (we hear it whimper and see some blood on its fur); a boy later rescues the dog. A
priest yells at and chases a boy after his dog knocks over an urn for collections; also, a
man chases after a boy and his dog, verbally threatens them and throws the boy to the
ground. A barn is engulfed in flames. A boy and girl playfully throw mud at each other and
a man throws a girl's doll into a puddle. We briefly see a man's red, blistered
feet as he rubs them. We see a painting of Jesus Christ's crucifixion with some blood
visible on his body.
PROFANITY 2 - Several mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Orphans, death of loved ones, poverty, class systems,
artistic ability, out-of-wedlock births, honesty, false accusations, lying, determination,
MESSAGES - You can't judge someone's moral character by their
wealth (or lack of); never give up on your dreams, no matter how impossible they seem; God
has a plan for everyone.