Monday, July 2, 2012

The Triplettes of Belleville, A film

. . .and the Tour de France



The Triplettes of Belleville* (Les Triplettes de Belleville), is an animated comedy film released in 2003.  Written and directed by Sylvain Chomet, it was called Belleville Rendez-vous in the UK.  The visual effects are retro and perfect for the material.  The film was an international co-production between companies in France, the UK, Belgium and Canada.  The film's music is 1920s inspired and includes characters reminiscent of Josephine Baker, Fred Astaire, Glenn Gould and Dhango Reinhardt-the guitarist playing for the singing and dancing Triplettes.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286244/  Triplettes of Belleville Trailer and photo


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npro9kjyaJk  Youtube-Triplettes of Belleville.

*Also known as Belleville Rendez-vous in the UK.


The film tells the story of Madame Souza, a grandmother who goes on a quest to rescue her grandson Champion, a Tour de France cyclist kidnapped by the French mafia and taken to the city of Belleville.  Souza is joined by the Triplettes of Belleville, music hall singers from the 1930s, and her obese hound, Bruno, as she searches for the hideout.  This is a film about a grandmother's devotion and ingenuity as well as about the annual Tour de France, a world famous cycling event currently taking place, 30 June–22 July, 2012.

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Have you ever heard of this animated movie, The Triplettes of Belleville OR the Tour de France?  Are you a competitive cyclist like the grandson in the story OR are you a weekend cyclist, riding for pleasure and fitness?

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References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Triplets_of_Belleville General Info, Wikipedia & French poster illustration


http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_triplets_of_belleville/  Film site rating


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Tour_de_France  Tour de France 2012 Info

15 comments:

  1. Sounds interesting. I haven't heard of it.

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    1. I don't think the film is well known, which is one of the reasons I featured it. The film has won acclaim at Cannes. The dog is a nice touch.

      Hope you checked out the trailer. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Haven't heard of the film, but I pay attention to the Tour de France every year. My husband used to bike race (not at that level, just local), and so we watch it. Would love to go and see it live in the French countryside. :)

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    1. The scenery in the background of the race is beautiful, we'd love to be there, too. One day, we'd like to see it.

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  3. Haven't seen it. There's a lot of cycling around here. My brother rides in races. I'm too scared of getting hit by a car.

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    1. This was a discovery, as hubs tapes anything about Paris.

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  4. Hello D.G. Thanks for visiting/following my blogs. I'm glad you came to Pichets in Paris. You just reminded me it's been a year since I was in Paris last - as you saw, I was lucky enough to see a leg of the Tour de France. Will never forget the excitement of that day.

    I have followed both your blogs now.

    Denise

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    1. Merci! Thanks for the follow-back.

      Isn't it great when you're at the right place at the right time? (perhaps all the planets aligned. . .)

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  5. I watched the Tour today! Even though the great Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal has already crashed out of the Tour.

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    1. It would be very nice to be on location, maybe one day. . .

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    1. It is. The grandmother never gives up.

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  7. I have never heard of the movie, but it does sound fun and interesting. I love that it includes a dog! I have a friend who is a serious cyclist; do you think I should recommend the movie to him?

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    1. You'd definitely like the dog (he's funny). The movie is based on a boy who trains for the Tour de France, so if he's got a sense of humor he might.

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    2. Forgot to finish that -- he might like it. The art work is well done and it shows the perseverance required for such a task.

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