|Les Triplettes de Belleville • The Triplets of Belleville
With hardly any dialog, the film will never need subtitles or translation as it works perfectly to tell a story about love, loyalty and obsession. The stroke of brilliance is to put Bruno the dog at the centre, because she (yes, she) is so completely and utterly endearing that you can never get enough of her. Like a loveable old hound, she's always distracted by something, and she thinks (and dreams) of little besides food. Meanwhile the boy's zombie-like existence is more than a little disturbing, as is Madame Souza's ruthless inventiveness, the way the Mafioso and his henchmen merge into one, and the triplets' diet of frogs. The film is jammed with little touches that are hysterically funny, moving and surprisingly telling too. It's reminiscent of Jeunet & Caro as well as Wallace & Gromit, and the askew visual sense owes a debt to political caricature styles, while a jazzy musical score keeps our toes tapping. But more than that, this is an involving, exciting, hilarious film that we want to see again immediately after it ends. Fantastic!
dir-scr Sylvain Chomet
voices Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, Monica Viegas
release France 11.Jun.03; UK 29.Aug.03; US 21.Nov.03
Swinging Belleville Rendez-vous: Madame Souza takes care of Champion after a tough day of cycling.
a UK national ad campaign:
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"This is a brilliant film. I knew nothing about it when I got the tickets (last-minute impulse at Toronto Film Festival) and it's a winner. Funny, clever, satirical, bizarre, surreal, artsy, a ton of fun. The sights and sounds stick in your mind for a long time afterwards. If you can't sit through Disney, you'll love this. See it if you get a chance." --Keely, Toronto 8.Sep.03