The Fox and the Child

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?


  1. maekitso

    I have a lump in my throat just reading your review, Tracey. My most recent wild friend was an Eastern Water Dragon. It took a liking to my toes at first and our friendship developed quite unexpectedly from there. It disappeared one day and didn’t return. I don’t know what fate met it, but soon after I spotted a baby dragon in the garden. Needless to say my toes were too big for its stomach and it skittled away.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Brad – I’m so bad at watching animal movies, and yet given that I’m an animal-lover I’m also at the same time strongly drawn to them. This one was irresistible.

      I very much enjoyed the story of your recent wild friend, the Eastern Water Dragon (they are such lovely creatures). It sounds like the two of you struck up from a simple spontaneous encounter.

      How lovely that a baby dragon came to visit you later on – I wonder if your tasty toes are gaining a bit of reputation amongst the water dragon crowd in your neighbourhood!?!?! 😉

  2. Fourth Daughter

    My sister got that film for my dad and we watched it about a year ago, very touching and the message is relevant for people of any age. I don’t usually watch animal films as I cry so easily!! I’m a big softie for animals… my cat is at my feet as I type, trying to get me to come to bed with her, and I always have to give in to her demands eventually (she’s been at me to stop working since about 9pm but that is a bit too early for me!!)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fourth Daughter – Like you, I cry so easily when I watch animal related movies … I’m a big softie!! It was such a beautiful looking film I just couldn’t resist this one … I did my best to keep my tears to a minimum though.

      Your lovely cat sounds like she prefers you both to have an early night … perhaps she worries about you working too hard on the computer late at night! 😉

  3. Rol

    You’ve sold me. I’ll be adding this to my rental list.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rol – Oh, I’d love to hear what you think. I couldn’t share everything I thought about this film for fear I’d give away too much. The visuals are spectacular, and who can resist the charm of Kate Winslet’s voice? 😉

  4. bobbi

    I try not to watch any movie where animals are involved. As a vegan, volunteer and activist, you may understand where I stand when speaking of furry ones. But The scenery look so beautiful, and i adore Kate Winslet. Please tell me the fox don’t die if not for old age…there is a fox around my home, and it’s beautiful. It used to kill my neighbour’s chicken’s but now she likes the cat food I “accidentally” leave in my garden. maybe cat food is not exactly appropriate for foxes, but this way they’re all safe, chickens and fox.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Oh I completely understand what you mean. I adore animals too and that’s the main reason I’ve been a vegetarian for a very long time now. I normally avoid any animal movie where there is even a chance of animals coming to harm or meeting their end … I just become an emotional wreck!

      The scenery in this film is beautiful and Kate Winslet has a wonderful voice for narration. While there are some really sad parts in this film, rest assured your worst fears are not realised.

      I love that you have a fox that lives around your home. I think it’s much better that she eats your ‘accidental’ cat food rather than the neighbour’s chickens. Dear animal lover, you think so similarly to me on the important things in life! 🙂


  5. Gabrielle

    I know what you mean about animal movies being a bit too sad sometimes – they usually bring me to tears. This movie looks wonderful.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I’m honestly absolutely shocking when it comes to animal movies … I always have been and always will be a complete wreck when it comes to such things. I just adore animals too much for my own good I think! 😉

      The Fox and the Child is a beautiful film, and one I really wish I’d seen as a child … no doubt it would have inspired some wondrous fairy tales and adventures of my own.

  6. Mel

    The Boy’s class got to watch this as part of a special initiative with a local cinema. I haven’t seen it myself yet. It might be too much for me! I can’t even *think* about the film or book Watership Down, or the song Bright Eyes, without welling up….

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Oh wow, that’s great the local cinema gets involved with the school. I know what you mean about finding ‘animal’ related movies tough – I’m exactly the same!! Though I did make it through this one OK (there were just a few tears … ).

      I also can’t think about Watership Down (even though the book is on my shelf) or Bright Eyes … my eyes start to well up in response … I’m such a softie (but I see I’m in very good company). 🙂

  7. Rellacafa

    I’m late to the party, but new layout is adorable!! Love it 🙂 I had never heard of this film but now I REALLY want to see it, straight to the list and a big thank you to you! xoxo

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