THE FOX AND THE CHILD

FAM­ILY ( foxtel), 8.15pm

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TV -

A BE­GUIL­ING blend of old- fash­ioned na­ture doc­u­men­tary and mod­ern fairy­tale from the mak­ers of March of the Pen­guins. The en­tire plot stretches about as far as the ti­tle of the movie it­self. In the moun­tain­ous Rhone- Alps re­gion of France, there lives a fox. An in­quis­i­tive 10- year- old girl ( Ber­tille Noad­iël- Bruneau) makes it her mis­sion to be­friend the wild an­i­mal. Sur­pris­ingly con­tem­pla­tive and deep for an ex­er­cise in al­lages en­ter­tain­ment. Kate Winslet steps up to the mi­cro­phone and nar­rates su­perbly. Her en­thu­si­asm for the un­usual tale told here is un­mis­tak­able. At times, it as if Winslet is read­ing a bed­time story.

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