Have you watched any great movies lately? I’m very slowly working my way through a very long list of films (including this one).
Late last year the lovely Hila wrote about a magical film – ‘The Fox and the Child’. After reading her thoughts and seeing a sample of the stunning imagery from the movie, I just knew I had to see it too. Last weekend I was happy to see it finally reach the top of my movie ‘must watch’ list.
I’m always hesitant to watch any animal-based movie, because from experience I know they will likely involve heartbreak, sadness and tears. However, I was so inspired by the concept of this film that I decided to make a rare exception.
Narrated by Kate Winslet and told from the recollected perspective of a young girl, the movie follows the course of a friendship which forms between a fox and a child. Part fairy-tale and part nature documentary, this is a breathtakingly beautiful film – the landscape is stunning, the footage of wildlife is quite unbelievable, and the cinematography captures the wonderful grandness of nature’s spectacle.
It’s also an inspiring film about the distractions, obsessions, affections, and sometimes naive logic of childhood … And if you’re wondering whether there is any heartbreak involved … well, you may want to keep a box of tissues close by (just in case).
The more I think about the film, the more it seems to reveal. Even now I find myself reflecting on the nature of human relationships with ‘wildness’, and how the natural world cannot and should not be tamed. Humans and wildlife are often so very close, and yet they are still worlds apart …
Are you an animal lover too? Or perhaps you have a favourite movie to recommend?