I suppose many things triggered my recalling this lovely little film: the recent snowfall, the advent of Christmas and a discussion with my daughter, Olivia, about the Aurora Borealis.
It was adapted from a picture book by Raymond Briggs in 1982. The illustrations are simple and beautiful, as is the music. There is no dialog, only a few words spoken at the beginning as a way of introduction. Music and action tell the bittersweet story; a story of joy, wonder and loss.
Here is a scene which includes the only song in the score. Be sure to enlarge it to full screen.
A thank you to my friend Maggie, who introduced me to this film many years ago.