The image of two boys jumping off abandoned train parts and spotting a fox in wilderness are the first few visuals of the film. They are essential to mention for they set the premise of the narrative's thematic concerns - innocence juxtaposed against the uncontrolled, often violently indifferent and unconcerned, forces of nature. Read Less
The first few moments are also sufficient to put the viewer on edge despite the seemingly harmless atmosphere the story has constructed so far - two boys playing in the fields with not a care in the world. It is important to call it 'seeming', for therein lurks an unshakable sense of unease, one the viewer is sure will culminate into something irrevocable.
The course of events the narrative comes to follow, even though the discomfort has led the viewer to prepare for them, makes you hope for a respite, perhaps even an unexpected change that would set everything right, but will it ever arrive? It is in this effortless straddling that the film executes between the untouched, unadulterated innocence of childhood, and the harsh reality of a world it exists in, that the true success of Fauve lies