Les Triplettes de Belleville (Belleville Rendez-Vous)
2003 – France/canada /Belgium 82 min. colour.
Director: Sylvain Chomet
The film that put true animation back on the cinematic map. as charmingly French as Titfield is english, this warm, oscar-winning bitter-sweet animation was inspired by the work of Jacques Tati. The story (told without dialogue but accompanied by a Django Reinhardtesque jazz score), concerns a young French boy encouraged by his grandmother to realise his dream of winning the Tour de France. When he is kidnapped by the Mafia and taken to the big city of Belleville she sets forth on a daring rescue mission along with her faithful companion Bruno who just happens to be the best cartoon dog ever…