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The Fox And The Child [DVD]


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  • Directors: Luc Jacquet
  • Producers: Yves Darondeau, Christophe Lioud, Emmanuel Priou
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F8LIOS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 989 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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French-made children's feature from the producers of 'March of the Penguins'. Narrated by Kate Winslet, the film revolves around a little girl who encounters a fox on her way to school. The chance meeting marks the beginning of an incredible friendship as the barriers that separate humans and animals are broken down. The fox introduces her to a wild and secret world which will change her life forever.

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A fresh and quite beautiful film, The Fox And The Child feels old-fashioned in a good way, mixing as it does a nature documentary with the story of a young girl who makes friends, and tries to tame, a fox. It doesn’t do this in an irresponsible way, either, remembering to raise one or two alarm bells as it takes us on its fascinating journey.

The Fox And The Child is also, it should be noted, the new film from Luc Jacquet, who previously achieved major international success with March of the Penguins. It’s blessed with similarly stunning photography, too, with very little spoken word save for Kate Winslet’s narration, allowing the outstanding visuals to take centre stage. Filmed in France, the camera soaks up the wonderful mountain landscape, and Jacquet allows it to linger and take in its majesty.

It’s also a very patient and deliberately paced film, and that means that The Fox And The Child is inevitably suited to youngsters whose attention span does waiver within a matter of minutes. But it’s genuinely an adventure that the entire family can enjoy, and Jacquet ensures that it’s never less than engaging. Warmly recommended. --Jon Foster

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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150 of 151 people found the following review helpful By keven on 27 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
Watching this movies was like walking into a dream world of nature at its most beautiful. The seasons unfold one after another with magnificent intensity as a lovely 10 year old girl seeks friendship with a wisely wary fox. I was amazed by the incredible patience that she displayed as she wooed the fox, day after day, in the hope that she could connect with him, and is rewarded with a genuine friendship, with film footage that astounded me on every level. Yes, the fox is very cute, but the sensitivity with which this movie was filmed takes the story to a whole new level. I won't go into the story, as I wouldn't want to ruin if for you, but I can't imagine anyone watching this film and feeling a moments boredom or disappointment. I think that it is about time I spent some time sitting quietly in the woods. Perhaps, after watching this, you will feel the same way too.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Bagpuss on 6 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
This is a truly beautiful film. My two and a half year old is completely enchanted by it and has watched it many times. It's educational too, teaching about the seasons, the animal world and love. Thoroughly recommend this for any age.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Vitali on 23 Mar 2010
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This is a stunningly beautiful film and an exquisite portrayal of a child discovering the wonders of the natural world and responding to it through her innate affinity with the wild environment she grew up in. We watch, mesmerised, as she develops acute sensitivity to the tiniest flap of an insect's wing around her. We see pure magic through her eyes, and become part of her slow earned tender intimacy with the fox. Yet we also witness the eventual tragic rupture of such a fragile bond, as she ultimately fails to appreciate that wild things will not be possessed. It's the most inspiring visual enactment of William Blake's lines: "He who takes to himself a joy /doth the winged life destroy / He who kisses the joy as it flies / lives in Eternity's sunrise". Unmissable, for those that wish to know the meaning of love.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. E. Capsey on 4 April 2011
Format: DVD
Obviously intended for kids, but heartily recommended. It's a delightful tale with superlative photography in a stunning region. It's peanuts to buy via Amazon, and thoroughly enjoyable for all age groups. (Too good to be just for kids!)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Petersen on 27 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
This is a quiet and beautiful simple story about a girl and a fox. The children kept up their attention right through the film. A good film for getting down the pace and preparing our minds for christmas.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. L. Penwald on 26 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
This film actually came out in 2007 but only had a limited cinema release in the UK. It comes from the creators of the much acclaimed 'March of the Penguins' and is directed by Luc Jacquet. This is a French creation, narrated in english by the only headline artist many non-francofones will recognise - Kate Winslet. I had seen a press advert for the film when it was out in cinemas in the UK, but then forgot about it and so missed it on the big screen and that was a huge mistake for reason's I'll explain later on.

OK...one big tip when watching this film for the first time so as not to spoil your enjoyment of it. You have to kind of leave your adult mind, values and responsibilities behind and try and view this film with the eyes and innocence of a child. Otherwise, you might start pulling your hair out in frustration mainly aimed at the child's parents, who we never actually get to see in the film. I found myself at times shaking my head is disbelief that there could exist such parents that would let their child wander off alone for seemingly days on end in deep mountain forests full of precarious ravines with frothing rivers, dark caverns and wild animals. More than that you really want to press charges for child neglect at them when it appears this poor young girl posesses just the one outffit which she wears more or less for the full duration of the movie, which spans the course of a year. But the film is not about the story of a family or even of the little girl. It's about trust and friendship and through experiencing the highs and lows that friendship brings...it is in the end about learning the difference between love and posession.

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Antonia Brinded on 12 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
At last, a film for young girls that isn't about boys, falling in love, getting rescued by princes and getting married! It's good, wholesome entertainment, with beautiful cinematography and educational too. They can learn about nature, seasons, wildlife and patience, with a little bit of action thrown in. Ideal for my 5 and 3 year old girls alike, which is also a rarity. My daughter cried when it finished, because she didn't want it to end! It's delightful, an absolute must.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dignas, Angela Elsbeth on 29 Jan 2013
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I must confess, I bought the film for myself. I saw it on TV and was absolutely enchanted. The little girl is adorable, the nature breathtaking and the fox....I have no words. I wonder how they did it, is it a tame, trained animal?
The story is very simple and straightforward. The little girl loves roaming in the fields and the woods, where one day she sees a fox. She tries to befriend it and finally succeeds to a certain extent.
PARENT GUIDANCE required for small children, as there are some scenes that might be upsetting (the fox jumps out of the window and gets hurt) and even scary (the scene where wolves are out to attack the fox).
The film teaches to love nature and its inhabitants, but mainly respect. Very good soul food!
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