Family - Development 2016

After the sudden death of her father, a young girl struggles to rediscover the joy in Christmas. With the help of her mom, a boy, a horse and God, she discovers new meaning in her life and finds the spirit and love of Christmas... in the middle of July!

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Family
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jason BOURQUE
    • Writer(s)
    • Bonnie ROBINSON
    • Producer(s)
    • Dale WINDLE
    • Synopsis
    • After the sudden death of her father in a car accident, right before Christmas, 16-year-old MEGAN's world falls apart. Vowing never to celebrate Christmas again, she plunges into anger and despair.

      In the months after her father’s funeral, Megan grows increasingly moody and hostile. It isn't until she visits her GRANDPA during summer vacation that things improve. It all starts when he makes arrangements for Megan to work at his friend JACK's horse ranch, just like her father did when he was her age. Megan struggles to prove herself to, Jacks 16 year old nephew, Tyler, who works at the ranch and she discovers that she has a natural gift with horses! She is the only person who can work with SUNNY, a temperamental ex-racehorse who has been brought to Jacks ranch to be rehabilitated to go back to its owner’s obnoxious daughter to ride or if it can’t be rehabilitated, to be sent to the slaughterhouse.

      As the year goes by, Megan continues working at the ranch part time while at school, developing a strong bond with Sunny and in the process learning more about herself. The next Christmas comes and goes and she’s still not ready to celebrate, still bitter after her father untimely death.

      As she gets closer to the horse, an internal conflict develops for Megan: if she succeeds in saving the horse, Sunny will go to the owner’s obnoxious daughter. If not, off to the slaughterhouse. As the next summer comes around, despite Megan's success with Sunny, the owner is not satisfied and decides to give up on Sunny. That night, a violent thunderstorm erupts the night before he is to be shipped out, Sunny escapes from the stable.

      Despite a frantic search in the storm, Megan, Tyler and Jack fail to find the horse. Megan is convinced Sunny is dead. She prays to God for help. The next morning, Megan discovers Sunny in her backyard. Sunny found her!

      She reluctantly returns him to the ranch. When Tyler and Jack drive Megan home at the end of the day, she fears that she will never see Sunny again. Arriving at home, Megan is shocked to find the house decorated for Christmas, even though it is the middle of July. She is even more shocked when her mother gives her a present: a certificate of ownership for Sunny. At Tyler’s suggestion, Mom, Grandpa and Jack have all chipped in and Sunny is now officially Megan's horse.

      In the middle of summer, surrounded by her mother, Grandpa, Tyler and Jack, Megan rediscovers the joy of Christmas, and realizes that her father's spirit will always be with her.
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