Based on Laura Fitinghoff's novel Children on the Moor, this Swedish drama concentrates on a group of seven orphans. Slated to be shipped off to the poorhouse, the kids decide to take to the road to seek out new parents--and a proper owner for their pet goat. Gradually, each child is adopted into a loving home, but there are plenty of obstacles along the way, notably the treacherous Swedish climate. The best vignette concerns an elderly cobbler (John Ericcson) who, though rumored to be a human monster, displays his true nature when the children come into his life. Wisely, director Rolf Husberg plays away from gooey sentimentality, though neither he nor his actors are ashamed of good, honest sentiment.
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