Think The Red Violin, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries. Only this is a horse, making its way over several owners and countries during WWI. First the Brits, then the Germans, then the French. But this violin (er, horse) finds his National Velvet way back to his owner, and not over centuries, but over the course of four years, 1914-1918.
I love the lighting of the closing scenes! Clearly, this is Spielberg’s homage to Gone With the Wind. THE LIGHTING! THE LAND! (TARA!!) THE MUSIC! – Only here is Emily Watson standing in for the As-God-is-my-witness-I-will-never-go-hungry-again Scarlett O’Hara.
You go Steve!