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

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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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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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I sat and watched this dvd with my 5 and 7 year old grandchildren, they never said a word all the way through! They loved all the different animals especially the fox, I think it teaches children to respect animals in the wild which is a good thing. I enjoyed it too and even cried! a must see film.
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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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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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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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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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Be warned - this film should not be a U! It has left my sensitive 8 year old a bit shell shocked! It starts of very sweet and lovely and a nice message about being patient and watching an animal from a distance etc and ends up with a panicked fox leaping out of a closed window and a small girl carrying its limp blood splattered body back to its den. For this reason I would not recommend this film to children, anyone old enough to not be traumatised is probably too old to enjoy it.
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