Quite a fine movie. Saw it a long time ago. The story is simple but efficient, moving without being melodramatic. The acting is very convincing : one forgets the actors altogether, they do become the characters. The setting in the Alps makes breathtaking shots. Strangely enough, my 5 year old daughter was fascinated. I had recorded it on VHS, and for months it was her favorite movie. Unfortunately, the tape was lost.
I must also mention the music score which was one of the best I've heard.