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The Triplets of Belleville Reviews

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½ January 11, 2015
An amateur cyclist is abducted from the Tour de France by the mafia and is taken to New York. The only one who can save him is his elderly mother and a trio of aging jazz singers. That brief plot recap is probably enough to tell you that The Triplets Of Belleville is a pretty offbeat movie. Containing almost no dialogue, this film conveys its narrative with focused animation that's matched with efficacious sound effects and a lively score. Throw in some expressive character designs on top of a skewed sense of humor and you'll find yourself with one of the most idiosyncratically intriguing movies of its period.
December 26, 2014
Stunningly beautiful visuals, in some scenes. The storyline does not make the most sense, but then again, its a whimsical colorful film with quirky old ladies !
November 25, 2014
A mostly-silent French animated film that's a commentary (satire?) of big cities (corporate America?) following a grandmother as she searches for her son taken to the big city of Belleville to be used in an underground gambling ring. The title is the name of a trio of musician sisters that somehow find grandma playing music on a bike wheel under a bridge on the outskirts of Belleville.
Clearly bizarre, this film is filled with disturbing yet sometimes genius character design, as well as superb animation, background painting, and music. However, the story's numerous easy-to-fix plot holes and random slowing of the pacing greatly weaken the film.
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November 13, 2014
Unusual animated film about the quest of a grandmother and her dog to rescue her grandson who was kidnapped by mafia during Tour de France for gambling purpose. Along they befriended an eccentric trio of aging Jazz musicians who helped them along the mission. Personally I didn't like the film, I thought it was rather dreadful and disturbing to watch. But i can see the appealing nature of the film in terms of the surrealism and unique style.
November 12, 2014
This is a fantastic, wonderful animated film with a decidedly European flavour. Unlike anything you will see from Hollywood. Magnifique!
October 13, 2014
best animated movie ever. it is silent but amazing <3
½ September 20, 2014
I appreciated the film's mocking address to conventional animated characters, especially in the opening scene, which is by far the best part. However the story sagged too much in the middle, as there wasn't much going on. The finale was certainly cartoonish but lame (how can mobsters miss every shot?). I also felt nothing for the boy, as he had no personality and expressionlessly rode his bike for most of the movie. At least this film is stylistically original.
August 26, 2014
A sketchy but provoking film.
½ August 2, 2014
Not for children, the first three minutes of The Triplets of Belleville are loaded with sizeism and racism. An erotic dancer who is supposed to be Josephine Baker is shown topless, dancing in nothing but a banana skirt. Suddenly the men in the audience turn into monkeys and attack her, removing all the bananas. If that is not shocking enough, this movie was made in 2003. But, of course, you will find many apologists for trashy, thoughtless art masquerading as edgy, avant-garde, etc. (Google "Artist's Shit.") Sadly, what is really edgy and avant-garde are films that treat people of color, people of all sizes and people of all genders and sexual orientations as, well, people.
July 31, 2014
This movie is special to me. The most profound thing is that a movie could creep into my heart without even using dialogue. No words are necessary--- the artful animation, beautiful (creepy) songs and subtle expression are more than enough to captivate. Amazing!
July 28, 2014
Beautiful animation and music.
June 23, 2014
C'est un art de travail!
June 3, 2014
undoubtedly the inspiration for "Mary and Max"
May 21, 2014
Dark, epic, wordless, musical, beautiful, comedy about a grandma as seen through the eyes of a dog. What?!
½ April 28, 2014
A must see, for animation lovers.
½ April 24, 2014
I really liked this little independent film. It doesn't have much of a plot and there is no dialogue, but it is original and quite entertaining, although the second half does get a bit stale. Still, worth watching!
½ April 10, 2014
Imaginative and original. The peculiar, and sometimes trippy, animation styles adopted in this French cartoon gives it a feature which distinguishes it from the usual. I never seen such quirky character models which work intriguingly to provide dramatized reflections of each character's distinctive traits. It perhaps finished too abruptly and the ending may not have had as much emotional impact as the creators hoped but 'The Triplets of Belleville' successfully manages to blend bittersweet and dark moments while also reminding us that the art of storytelling can be achieved with next to no dialogue at all.
March 16, 2014
Les triplettes est l'un des films d'animation les plus extraordinaire qui soit. L'humour. La musique et l'animation à l'ancienne. Les ingrédients sont là. Le plaisir du cinéma aussi.... Une coup de pied dans le cul à Disney, Pixar et tous ceux qui nous offrent des trucs qui crient sans rien dire. Une oeuvre complète. Le septième art dans ce qu'il a de plus plaisant.
March 6, 2014
This animated film is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. A French animated film with a story that forsnt write itself out for you, no real spoken dialogue, but just a bunch of great animation, a dark story, and some memorable characters. The film is about an old lady who's grandson is kidnapped. She travels across Europe to Belleville where a troupe of old triplets help her find him. That's about it. The film is pretty short and I would recommend any true animation fans give it a look! The style itself is something to take a look at!
March 2, 2014
visually charming animation and brilliant characters make this film a must-see for all
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