The Fox and the Child

The Fox and the Child
The Fox and the Child
  • G
  • 1h 32m
  • 2008
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What would it be like to have a fox for a friend? A 10-year-old girl who wants to know sets out to befriend a beautiful wild fox she names Lily. Bit by bit, in woods and fields blanketed by snow and carpeted by wildflowers, the girl and Lily build an extraordinary friendship as the fox leads her human companion on adventures bold, funny and even sometimes scary. Filmmaker Luc Jacquet follows his Academy Award-winning* March of the Penguins with another enduring tale of nature. A life-affirming story, astonishing vistas and warm narration by Kate Winslet (Titanic, Revolutionary Road) make The Fox and the Child a share-and-share-again family event.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Jackanory-esque voiceover from Winslet lends a syrupy tone to this mawkish and slow, but beautifully shot, human/beastie buddy movie.
Sydney Morning Herald
Sandra Hall

The result is Nature seen through the eyes of a solitary and fanciful child with Jacquet intensify...

June 21, 2017
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm

Children will undoubtedly adore the film, and the local tourist board will probably have to take i...

June 21, 2017
Peter Bradshaw

The twee, simpering voiceover is annoying, and what dialogue there is has been badly dubbed.

June 21, 2017
Times (UK)
Kevin Maher

All the while Winslet bangs away remorselessly, trying to pull the narrative into focus but pushin...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Stunning story of friendship shows the magic of patience.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this extraordinary family film does something that few movies can do: it takes a modern child and places her in the natural world without losing believability. The child's relationship with the fox does border on obsession, and there are moments where she is in peril, but she learns a valuable lesson that will ring a bell with viewers of all ages. There is a scene near the end of the movie that might be shocking and distressing to younger or more sensitive viewers where the fox is seriously injured. Parents might want to preview this scene before sharing with younger kids.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Family
  • Release Date:February 29, 2008
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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