The Fox and the Child 2008

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One autumn morning, at the bend on a path, a little girl catches sight of a fox. Fascinated to the point that she forgets all fear, she dares to go up to him. For an instant, the barriers that separate the child and the animal disappear. It is the beginning of the most amazing and fabulous friendship. Thanks to the fox, the little girl discovers a wild and secret environment. And so begins an adventure which will change her life, her vision and ours...

Starring:
Bertille Noel-Bruneau, Thomas Laliberte
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Runtime 1 hour 32 minutes
Starring Bertille Noel-Bruneau, Thomas Laliberte, Isabelle Carre, Ambra Angiolini, Kate Winslet
Director Luc Jacquet
Genres Drama
Studio Pathe
Rental release 8 December 2008
Main languages French

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132 of 133 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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bagpuss on 6 Oct 2009
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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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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. L. Penwald on 26 Jan 2009
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. E. Capsey on 4 April 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookmouse on 2 Feb 2011
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This is a beautiful film for children, and any adults who haven't lost that part of them that can enjoy being enchanted by childlike things. The film is beautifully shot and the cinematography is a huge part of the enjoyment of watching. The story is bitter sweet, and personally having been brought up surrounded by wild countryside and animals; both wild and domestic, I really connected with the journey this little girl makes towards understanding. A gentle and sweet film and must be one of the best around for children, I'd say.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim Fouraker on 5 Dec 2010
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This is a touching love story set deep in the French countryside between an adventurous young girl and a fox whom she sets out to befriend. The film portrays brilliantly the fragile and complex relationship between humans and animals, and I challenge anyone, adult and child alike, not to be deeply moved by it. I could write a lot more, but it's not necessary. Just buy this film, your child/children will learn a great deal from it, but don't be too surprised if they ask to watch it over and over again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Petersen on 27 Dec 2009
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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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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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