Genre: Drama, Family
97 min

Heidi! Get up!

I'll be right there.

Good morning, grandfather.

So, are you satisfied now?

The weather is beautiful.

The wind changed during the night.

The sky was full of stars.

Now go and get washed.

Otherwise the sun will be laughing at you.

Yes, yes.


I just wanted to say ...

You wanted to say 'good morning'?

No, I wanted to...

Good morning, Alp-hi!

- What do you want?

- Do you have to stay at home now?

- Do I? Who says so?

- The pastor said it.

- I'm ready!

- Do you have cheese and bread?

You're always thinking about food.

Go now!

And don't come home too late.

Hey, Alp-hi!

Nobody told you anything?

What? That you were coming?

I need to discuss something with you.

No time.

I have to work.

I was preparing my sermon on the way.


Is it about charity?

No, about patience.

- Luke 21, 19.

- Why?

Isn't it written: 'In your patience

ye shall win your souls'?

Yes, yes.

May help you a bit?

Surely that's not why

you've come up here.

Doesn't matter.

So what do you want?

You have beautiful grass.

- Well, I'm here with a request.

- With a request?

The new bells will be

raised Saturday after next.

The children do it,

as is the custom.

Your grandchild is one of them.

Will you bring her down?

Heidi does not like to

go down to the village.

But in fall she will have

to go to school anyway.

She should have gone last year already.

No more excuses this time.

Who says so?

The law.

I was given the

child two years ago.

At that time, no one asked

if I wanted the child.

And now I decide what's

to be done with her.

You wouldn't start a fight

with the board of education?

They should leave my Heidi in

peace, she likes to be with me.

Here, take this.

Shall we?

It's far to go up there!

You promised that we would go on

the next sunny day. This is today.

I want to see where

the stream comes from.

We'll get a huge hunger

if we go up any further.

- I have some food left.

- But I have nothing left.

You can have the cheese.

And the piece of sausage?

You'll get that too, but

only once we reach the top.

I'm sorry, you can't have

the piece of sausage anymore.

But are we really going? Word of honor?

- If I say so.

- Hush! Look.

I know what you want of me, Father.

Please sit down.

You think these bells can

just ring in the reconciliation?

That's why you came to me

and not because of Heidi.

That's what I thought.

Why not? When I moved into the village,

the misfortune had already happened.

But the others?!

They claim that I did not quench

the fire in that windy night.

Out of arrogance and ruthlessness.

The embers supposedly

sparked out of my chimney.

And I was to blame that 5 houses

and the church tower burned down.

- Do you want some cider?

- Why not?

And yet I can swear that I did not

even have a fire going that night.

If only I had let the

other houses burn.

But I was the first one trying to

put the fire out. Me and my son.

He was killed while

trying to extinguish it.

Six months later his wife,

Heidi's mother, died out of grief.

Do you think I can simply forget?

And after all that, they

pursued me in justice!

I had enough of these neighbors.

That's why I came up here.

Believe it or not, but

I am as innocent as Job.

Without any misdeed. Innocent.

And here you think that

I'll go to church on Sundays?

It would not bother me.

Even if a biblical man like

yourself has no need for it.

- Think it over again...

- There is nothing to think over!

Just do it for the child!

- Goodbye, Alp-hi. The cider was good.

- Goodbye.

Here, now we are on top.

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Richard Schweizer

Richard Schweizer (23 December 1899 – 30 March 1965) was a Swiss screenwriter who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1945 for his work in Marie-Louise, as well as the Academy Award for Best Story in 1948 for his work in The Search. Schweizer also directed the film Kleine Scheidegg (1937). more…

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