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PG to 10 (Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 10||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing scenes|
|Children over the age of 10||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Fox and the Child, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||none|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Narrated by Kate Winslet, The Fox and The Child depicts the development of an unlikely friendship between a ten year old girl and a notoriously sly woodland creature. On her way to school one autumn morning the child (Bertille Noel-Bruneau) has a chance encounter with a fox. She is captivated and her subsequent search for the fox is the beginning of a very unusual and hard won friendship.
Winter approaches and the child has not given up looking for her fox, even though she has not been seen since their first encounter. With the first snow fall the child finds hope as animal tracks are evident all over the countryside. She quickly spots and follows some fox prints but must give up before tracking it down, as there are wolves prowling about. She scrambles away, trying to avoid being seen by the wolves and falls and breaks her leg. The child is laid up for the rest of the winter and can only imagine what her fox is experiencing out in the world of shadows and snow and stars.
The arrival of spring brings with it new challenges: the human community has launched a campaign to eradicate the local fox population. Many burrows are blocked up, poison and traps are laid and any fox can be shot on sight. The child’s leg is healed by spring and she is back outdoors searching for her fox as diligently as ever. Her determination is soon rewarded and she sees her fox, which she decides to call Lily, and Lily’s cubs. The child’s constant presence in the woods becomes familiar and soon Lily is leading the child on adventures and taking her to parts of the forest she has never seen before. They watch over one another and protect each other in their own ways, but ultimately the child is still a child and the fox is still a fox.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
The natural cycle of seasons, the balance of nature, unconventional friendships.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above mentioned scenes.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Younger children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above mentioned scenes
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
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The Fox and the Child is a documentary type film featuring a charming performance by Bertille Noel-Bruneau, some fascinating insights into the world of a fox and stunning cinematography. It is a film that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, though younger children will probably have a lot of questions and teenagers who prefer action packed films may find this rather slow.
The main messages from this movie are that with enough patience and determination even unlikely friendships can be formed and also that some friendships are simply not meant to be.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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