The Fox & the Child (2007)

The Fox & the Child (2007)

Planet Earth 1.5

A young girl, who lives in the mountains in eastern France, comes across a fox one day who is unaware of her standing there watching him. This encounter leads to the young girl looking out for the fox when ever she is out walking and when she can't because of an ankle injury she not only thinks of the fox but also reads up on them.

I would like to bet that anyone who enjoys watching those nature shows fronted by Sir David Attenborough would also enjoy "The Fox & the Child". On the other hand anyone who would never dream of watching one of those nature shows may find this movie a bit of a stretch because whilst it tells the story of a young French girl and what she learns about foxes thanks to her obsession with one in truth this is more like 92 minutes of nature footage.

Now there is no denying that "The Fox & the Child" is a beautiful movie which even if you are not into nature programmes the footage of the fox be it hunting in the snow, leaping in the moonlight or emerging from its home is quite stunning. It isn't just footage of the fox as we get to encounter other animals as well. But despite featuring the narration of Kate Winslet, at least in the version I watched, this is a movie which unless you are captivated by this fox and the sharp imagery doesn't have much else to offer. Maybe that is enough for young children but to be honest I am not sure it is.

What this all boils down to is that "The Fox & the Child" is undeniably a beautiful looking movie which will with out a doubt appeal to some more than others. But for me 90 minutes of watching a fox cavort around didn't entertain me that much.