This is the movie for children who need to learn the true meaning of forgiveness and reconciliation. Filmed in the breathtaking Swiss Alps, Treasures of the Snow is a Christian film about a little boy named Lucien who makes a mistake, is rejected by his community, but is later befriended by an old woodcarver who teaches him a valuable skill. In the end, anger and revenge are replaced by the love of Christ in a wondrously surprising conclusion. Not closed captioned. Color DVD, 110 mins.
High in the Swiss Alps, three children are playing on the grassy slopes. Annette and Lucien are neighbors and live in Swiss chalets. Lucien is just thirteen and when Annette acts angrily towards him, he takes it out on her young brother Danny. After holding a kitten over a cliff, he drops the kitten (which lands a few feet below on a ledge) and Danny goes after it.
When Danny can\\\\\\\'t be found, Annette goes looking for Lucien who thinks Danny is dead. Lucien is beside himself with guilt and turns to an old woodcarver for encouragement. He learns to carve little wooden animals which he then intends to give to Danny. Annette is quite mean and destroys his woodwork and spreads gossip about him at school.
The charm of this story is the lessons the children learn. Will Annette learn to forgive or will bitterness consume her? This story has a sad beginning and an uplifting ending. The story has some surprises and we also find out who the old woodcarver really is. Both he and Lucien tell each other their secrets and in doing so, help to heal the lives of three families. There is also a movie distributed by Institute in Basic Life Principles which I would also recommend for children. As you read you can imagine the bell-jingling horses and sleighs in the winter.