In this animated dreamscape of absurd caricatures, a steadfast elderly woman embarks on a search for her grandson, a professional cyclist, who is mysteriously kidnapped during the Tour de France. Joined by her lethargic but loyal dog, Madame Souza embarks on her adventure, aided by rhythmic veterans of the vaudeville stage, the Triplets of Belleville. The unlikely team are soon hot on the tail of international intrigue and her grandson’s criminal captors.
Belleville Rendez-vous was Sylvain Chomet’s debut feature film, and was nominated for two Academy Awards — Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Belleville Rendez-vous”, and it was part of the Cannes and Toronto Film Festival Official Selection in 2003. Both as an original story of nostalgic dedication to the ones we love, and a stellar example of the unique, memorable, and often haunting images of great animation, Belleville Rendez-vous is an immersive, big-screen must see.
“It’s so French you can taste it… One of the most bracingly original things I have seen for a long time” - The Guardian
“A genre-confounding feature debut” - Variety
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