Orphan girl Heidi (an irrepressible Anuk Steffen) spends the happiest days of her childhood together with her eccentric grandfather, Almöhi (a rugged Bruno Ganz) , cut off from the outside world in a simple cabin in the Swiss mountains. Together with her friend Peter, she tends to Almöhi's goats and enjoys the freedom in the mountains to the fullest.
These carefree times come to an abrupt end when Heidi is taken to Frankfurt by her aunt Dete. The idea is for her to stay with the family of the wealthy Mr Sesemann and be a playmate for his wheelchair-bound daughter Klara, while also learning to read and write under the supervision of their strict tutor. Although the two girls soon become close friends and Klara's grandmother awakes a passion for books in Heidi, her longing for her beloved mountains and Almöhi grows ever stronger…
"From the 1937 Shirley Temple vehicle... the character Heidi has always been a ball of positive energy that, through her sweetness and innocence, inadvertently improves the lives of the more complicated characters around her. Steffen’s crowd-pleasing turn has achieved as much. Simple yet affecting, this film is an unassuming delight for both adults and children." Edmund Lee, South China Morning Post
Originally made in the German language, ACMI screens the English dubbed version.