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Twelve-year-old Florien is inseparable from his best friend, Lassie. Over 100-years-old, the glass blowing company, where Florien’s father works, is forced to close its doors for good. There’s not much demand for this traditional German art form anymore, and the family must downsize. Out of work, with a baby on the way, and cornered by an inhospitable new landlady, the family’s living arrangement is in jeopardy. The landlady, who has an aversion to dogs, tells the family to get rid of Lassie or they’ll have to move. Left with no options, Florien’s dad finds a temporary home for Lassie at his ex-boss’ home estate, which is under possible foreclosure and on the verge of bankruptcy. Forced to give up Lassie, Florien is heartbroken. When he learns that Lassie has run away from the mansion, and is lost, he’s devastated. With the help of Priscilla, the persistent granddaughter who is visiting the estate, Florien sets out to find Lassie and a grand adventure begins.
The most famous dog in cinema’s history makes its way back to the screen. Taking its cues from the 1943 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production (which starred a young Elizabeth Taylor), Lassie Come Home is loosely based on the original movie franchise, which was based on the books. R2R is pleased to present this most recent German update of a time-honoured American classic, now dubbed in English for our youngest members of the audience to enjoy!
Themes: empathy, friendship, love, family, animals, art and commerce
Feature film recommended for age: 6+