Her Majesty

Her Majesty is a New Zealand family/children’s film from 2001. The story is set in the 1950s and is about a young girl who loves Queen Elisabeth and dreams about meeting her, and an elderly Maori woman who is passionate about keeping her Maori legacy alive. When the two meet a magical friendship starts to blossom.

This film, which is inspired by true events, is a beautiful story about identity, belongingness, loyalty and friendship. It is about learning to appreciate our earth and the people who came before us.

I absolutely loved this sweet movie! I loved learning a bit about the Maori traditions, and I loved the way the story and the characters evolved. I could easily identify with the 12 year old Elisabeth and her courage and big heart when she stands up for her Maori friend Hira. I could also relate to the curiosity Elisabeth has for the deeply spiritual ways of the Maori people and how she learns to appreciate and even adopt some of these traditions. love the friendship between the two, and how genuine and respectful it is, despite the age difference.

I absolutely recommend this magical film to children, teenagers and adults alike! It is rare to come upon such a gem of a movie in these highly commercial times.

Of course, five out of five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Secret of Roan Inish

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The Secret of Roan Inish is an Irish adventure/ family film from 1994 about a girl who has lost her little brother at sea. He is believed to be drowned, but when our little heroine Fiona hears the legend of the Selkies, she is convinced otherwise.

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The abandoned island of Inish Roan holds a secret, it is where the Selkies (half human half seal) is believed to live. One day Fiona and her cousin Eamon borrow their grandfather’s rowing boat and they head out to sea to investigate the mysterious island. And they are not disappointed…

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I loved this quiet introverted film, the pace is slow and there are no flashy colors or special effects, but that is exactly the charm of the movie! It tells a fairy story, but it makes it look so real and every-day-like that you can’t help believe in the legend of the Selkies. I love the “Irishness” of the film, and all the actors are just wonderful!

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The Secret of Roan Inish is filmed in beautiful Donegal in Ireland, and the landscape is a calming treat for the eye as well. 😊

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I don’t know if this is characterized as a children’s movie, but adults might even love it more. As I mentioned, the pace is slow, so I don’t know if today’s children will enjoy it, but you can always give it a go! 😊😊

I highly recommend this beautiful film!