The Triplets of Belleville (2003)



Critic Consensus: Richly detailed and loaded with surreal touches, The Triplets of Belleville is an odd, delightful charmer.

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French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet directs the animated feature The Triplets of Belleville. A young boy is raised by his grandmother, Madame Souza, in the French countryside. She buys him a bicycle and encourages his dream of winning the Tour de France. However, he gets kidnapped by a group of Mafia gangsters and taken to the big city of Belleville, where he is used for his bicycling prowess in an elaborate gambling scheme. Along with her faithful companion Bruno, Madame Souza sets out to rescue her grandson. They befriend a trio of aging musicians who were once the '30s jazz trio known as The Triplets of Belleville. Features an original jazz musical score by Benoît Charest. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
PG-13 (for images involving sensuality, violence and crude humor)
Animation , Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Critic Reviews for The Triplets of Belleville

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Just when Jeffrey Katzenberg had loudly declared the death of 2-D animation, along came this sly, inventively drawn cartoon that blew the cumbrous studio leviathans out of the water.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
Chicago Reader
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Vous guessed it by now: Triplettes is terrific.

Full Review… | September 4, 2008
TIME Magazine
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A winning blend of dark and bittersweet, aimed more at adults than kiddies, but suitable for all ages.

Full Review… | July 21, 2008
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Relish the film's deadpan grotesquery, its flair for invention, be it the fanciful narrative segues or various object lessons...

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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It's impossible to watch this movie without gasping at its graphics, and yet we're so drawn into Chomet's way of seeing that, after a while, his genius erases the distinction between animation and live action.

August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Zee French, zay are different, non? Well, in this case, wonderfully so.

May 13, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Audience Reviews for The Triplets of Belleville


A wonderful dialogue-free animation - funny, odd and enchanting - that relies on a superb artwork, a fabulous sound design and an enormous attention to its eccentric details, surreal touches, inventive scene transitions and extremely imaginative character traits.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Imaginative and completely engrossing. Chomet's animation is downright other-worldly. A must see.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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A grandmother and a dog track a kidnapped bicyclist to New York City and free him with the help of a trio of elderly singers. Initially, it's difficult to enter the peculiar, nearly silent retro-world created by animator Sylvain Chomet---which is equal parts slapstick, surrealism, and French impressions of 1920s American gangster movies---but it's well worth the effort.

Greg S
Greg S

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