The Triplets Of Belleville


(out of 5)

In this delightful animated film, a champion cyclist is kidnapped by the Belleville Wine Mafia during his participation in the Tour de France. The bad guys have no idea what they’re in for when they take him away from his grandmother, a tiny Portuguese woman with a club foot, thick glasses and an insane devotion to her charge. She travels with her trusty dog to Belleville and hooks up with a once-famous trio of singers to find her family member and restore him to their quiet life living under a train track in the French countryside. This film by Sylvain Chomet (La Vielle Dame Et Les Pigeons) is imaginative and colourful, skillfully directed with about two spoken lines of dialogue and the rest of it told through action and visual expression. The music is a thorough pleasure, the characters adorable, and in the end full of palpable tenderness.

France/Belgium/Canada/United Kingdom2003

Directed by

Screenplay by Sylvain Chomet

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by , ,

Film Festivals: TIFF 2003

Cast Tags:  , , , , , , ,

Academy Award Nomination
Best Animated Feature Film (Sylvain Chomet)
Best Music (Original Song) (“Belleville Rendez-vous”, Music by Benoit Charest; lyric by Sylvain Chomet)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Animated Film

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards
Best Music (Benoit Charest, Matthieu Chedid)
Best Animation (Sylvain Chomet)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

Independent Spirit Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Film not in the English Language

Cesar Award
Best Music Written For A Film

Best Film
Best First Work of Fiction

Canadian Screen Award (Genie Award)
Best Motion Picture

Best Achievement in Music – Original Score

Toronto Film Critics Awards
Best Animated Feature
Best Canadian Film

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Foreign Language Film

Best New Filmmaker

Chicago Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Original Score



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