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The Fox and the Child

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Stunning story of friendship shows the magic of patience.
  • G
  • 2007
  • 92 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Though she is learning about nature by being part of it every day, the child does read books about foxes in order to discover more about their behavior and habits.

Positive Messages

The child attempts for months to befriend a fox, which exemplifies patient and persistent behavior. However, when she attempts to impose her own human values on the fox, she is taught a lesson about the boundaries of love.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The child is so very patient and curious that she models some ideal behavior. No parents are seen in the movie, though their voices are heard and their care is evident.

Violence & Scariness

Wilderness dangers and human predators threaten the fox at times. There is a key scene near the end of the movie that might be shocking and distressing to younger or more sensitive viewers. Spoiler alert: The fox jumps through a second story window and becomes bloodied and seems to die.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 and 13 year old Written byReeha December 30, 2014

Ending was so disappointing

Let me start by saying my family LOVED this movie! ... Until the last few minutes. I had read up on the movie to make sure the fox didn't die. I was prepa... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 year old Written byPairofeyesstari... February 16, 2011

Good themes, better for older viewers

warning - this review tells about the ending we were devasted by the ending and the way the message was portrayed - a little harsh for our 6 year old I think t... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old June 12, 2010
the one girl who discovered life in the forest must defend the forest from Mr. bear and hunters who are trying to destroy the kingdom
Teen, 13 years old Written byPuppyluv13 November 4, 2009

Excellent Family film but have a box of tissues with you

This was an excellent movie! A wonderful family film for all ages but the ending is pretty sad and very abrubt, Bottom line: Don't be surprised if your you... Continue reading

What's the story?

A familiar voice of a narrator (Kate Winslet) recalls a period of time in her childhood when she befriended a fox. As she explores the spectacular countryside near her home in the mountains, she uncovers a world of mystery and peril right under her nose. In order to even spot the fox, the girl (Bertille Noel-Bruneau) spends days upon days outside exploring and observing. As the months pass, she discovers her fox friend's habitat, its perils, and joys. And just as she gains the fox's trust, she learns a painful lesson about what it means to be a good friend.

Is it any good?

Exploring nature at its breathtaking best, this movie will delight all animal lovers. Shots from inside of a fox's burrow, of hedgehogs playing and otters skulking in the stream, of bears hunting and wolves prowling, will mesmerize kids of all ages. Adults will appreciate the artistry of Luc Jacquet, March of the Penguins' creator, whose skill in capturing the natural world is unparalleled. Not only does the movie succeed in taking the viewer out of the technology traffic jam that is modern life, but it creates a shift in the heart of the audience member. It lets us believe that with enough patience and willingness, we can become so close to nature that we can be part of it again. And that is magic, indeed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • When was the last time that you were totally immersed in the natural world? Can you spend as much time outdoors as the girl in this movie does? What does she gain by being outside so often? What is she missing?

  • The child feels that she has truly become friends with the fox at one point. Is she fooling herself? Or are there different types of friendship? Do you have friends other than the kids your age? How do these friendships feel?

  • The breathtaking scenery in this film seems so unreal. Why is that? Is there a forest or field or national park near you? When was the last time you visited and just sat in the grass and listened to the sounds around you?

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