The Fox and the Child
Official film description...
It should come as no surprise that French director Luc Jacquet would follow his Oscar-winning nature film “The March of the Penguins“ with another visually captivating film about animals and their natural environment. However, “The Fox and the Child“ is considerably more than a nature documentary, it is also a fairy-tale, fantasy world, children’s film which highlights the relationships between humans and animals.
The narrator (Kate Winslet) tells the story of a girl, (Bertille Noël-Bruneau) who likes to wander the forests in the mountainous French region. One day she meets a wild fox, and over time develops a sort of friendship. She earns the animals trust by bringing food and is invited to see it’s den.
What really sets this film apart is the astonishing cinematography. An endless parade of breathtaking vistas and vibrant colours, and an impressive exhibition of the native French fauna.
Notes on the film...
The film was shot on the Plateau de Retord in Ain, which the film director knows well because he spent summers there in his youth, as well as in the Abruzzo in Italy. The foxes in the film were played by six animals: Titus, Sally, Ziza, Scott, Tango and Pitchou.
“This is unquestionably grade A family fare, but while Jacquet manages to convey the child's sense of wonder and curiosity, it is not a kids' film, as there are several genuinely scary moments—the fox, whom the girl names Lily, is in serious jeopardy more than once, and the girl's night in the forest, lost and surrounded by spooky noises, is potentially the stuff of nightmares. And that's not even including the ending, when the child, as people will do when confronted with cute, furry creatures (and the fox is very appealing), considers trying to take Lily out of her own world and into the humans'. That caveat aside, The Fox and the Child is a wondrous piece of entertainment.” – Sam Graham
Technical information and screening rights...
Director: Luc Jacquet
Script: Luc Jacquet, Eric Rognard
Production: Bonne Pioche, France 3 Cinéma
Actors: Bertille Noël-Bruneau, Isabelle Carré, Thomas Laliberté
English version narrated by Kate Winslet
Run Time: 92 minutes
Language (Audio) : English
Language (Subtitles): English, Spanish
Original title: Le Renard et l'Enfant