7.0/10
3,304
23 user 37 critic

Le renard et l'enfant (2007)

It has been described as both a nature documentary and a "fairy tale" look at the story of young girl and her friendship with a fox.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (HD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Bertille Noël-Bruneau ...
L'enfant
...
Narrator / L'enfant adulte
Thomas Laliberté ...
Le petit garçon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Camille Lambert ...
Judie
...
Narrator (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Riding her bicycle on her way to school, a dreamy, ten-year-old, red-haired farm girl decides to take a shortcut through a ruddy and luscious autumn forest, somewhere in the mountainous region of eastern France. Unexpectedly, the young girl encounters a bright-eyed red fox, however, the untamed wild animal flees in an instant, leaving her longing to meet again. Since then, a whole winter has passed and still no sign of the elusive fox, but with the arrival of spring, the girl determined to find the animal, finally locates its den and an ambitious effort to grow accustomed to each other begins. As we witness a succession of compelling scenes, lost inside the enchanting and breathlessly exquisite landscape, we observe the bond between a human and a savage animal grow gradually stronger, yet, a wish and question emerge. If only we, humans, could talk to the wild beasts, and if we could, could we ever become friends? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Gorgeous! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Het vosje en het meisje  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Actually, ten foxes were used as "le renard": Titus, Max, Tango, Bandit, Peche, Ziza, Chepper, Swannie, Scott, and Sally. See more »

Goofs

When the girl is lying in front of the fox, the close-up shows them within nose distance. She raises her arm to stroke it, and in the next medium shot it is suddenly at an arm's length distance. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #40.10 (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A beautiful nature film
5 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in a theater in France a year or so ago. It came and went with little fanfare, but I enjoyed it for the beauty of the landscape photography and the fascinating wildlife footage. (The story, while nice, is really incidental. If you actually thought about it, there is no way most of what happens could happen in real life.) I just saw it again tonight, here in the States, on DVD. Again, I gather it has very limited distribution. Blockbusters only had one copy of it, and I don't recall it ever playing in the art houses in Cleveland.

Seen on my TV, the photography is not as breathtaking, though it is still very beautiful. The wildlife footage is still fascinating. The story of the relationship between the 10-year old child and the fox is even less convincing the second time around, when you know where it's headed.

Still, as I said, the story is incidental. It's a beautiful film to watch, and if you like wildlife footage, you should find this fascinating.

--------------------------

I saw this movie again tonight, almost a decade after I first saw it in the theater. I still find it to be an often astoundingly beautiful film visually. The views of the animals and the landscape are just breathtaking. Not as breathtaking as in a theater, but still a joy to behold.

The child I still find aggravating. The music is good, though, and Kate Winslet does a wonderful job of reading the English narration, so I wouldn't turn off the sound.

I would try to ignore the child, though. While she is sometimes beautifully photographed, her character is the only disagreeable spot in this otherwise so very beautiful movie.

This would definitely be a good movie for children, by the way. It teaches a lesson that all humans should learn: wild animals are just that. No matter how cute they are, they need to stay in nature, and cannot be turned into pets.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial