Thursday, 5 March 2015

Film Review: France - The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

Written and directed by Sylvian Chomet, The Triplets of Belleville is a animated comedy film based upon the Tour de France. It has minimal dialogue, with the majority of the film being told through song, pantomime and the animation. The film has been highly praised for its unique style of animation and storytelling. It has been nominated for Best Animated Feature, Best Original Song and was screened at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

The film follows the story of an elderly woman called Madame Souza, who begins her journey to rescue her grandson, Champion, after her was kidnapped during the Tour de France by the French mafia for gambling purposes, along with her obese dog called Bruno. The Triplets of Belleville is highly influenced by caricatures and has a great sense of character in every aspect of the film, from the characters themselves to buildings, cities and the animation itself.

I would recommend this film to anyone who is interested in slapstick comedy with a suitable art-style. The film has a very appealing tone to it, and overall, the film generally reminds me of Madame Souza herself. The pale colours and the over exaggerated car chases that make you just want to speed things along all adds to its early 1900's appeal.

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