It is often said that a mark of a good person is how you treat someone when you have everything and they have nothing.
In the 1995 film, A Little Princess, (based on the Frances Hodgson Burnett book), Sara Crewe (Liesel Matthews) is one lucky young lady. Doted on by her wealthy widower father, she wants for nothing. Living in a boarding school in London, Sara finds out that her father is missing and believed to be dead.
Sara could easily turn into the Edwardian version of a mean girl, but instead she treats everyone around her with respect and kindness.
The school’s headmistress, Miss Minchin (Eleanor Bron), has put a face for Sara and her father for the last few years due to Captain Crewe’s large fortune. But now that the Captain is presumed to be dead and his fortune gone, Sara is reduced to working as a servant girl. Her only friend is Becky (Vanessa Lee Chester), who also works as a servant girl at the boarding school. Sara must now contend with her new status and find a way to believe that her father will return to her.
Bear in mind that I have never read the book, I can only base my review on the film adaptation.
There are two very good reasons why I like this movie: 1) Sara is an excellent role model for young girls. She is kind, respectful and hopeful even when hope is found to be wanting. While she stands up for herself and what she believes in right, she never uses her position to belittle others. 2) Sara’s story is a reminder that there is always hope, no matter how faint it maybe.
Do I recommend it? Yes.