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Belmonde lives in 1990's London as an iconic, cool Frenchman modeled on the new wave cinema of the 1960's. Really he is English and middle class - a fact that his family won't let him forget! Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Kris Marshall ... Belmondo

Camilla Rutherford ... Zazie
Laura Lumley ... Minne
Mark Rex ... Tim
Martin Savage ... Horbury
Charlie Forbes ... Philosopher
Chris Elston ... Old Crazy
Natasha Elms ... Girl on Steps
Christiaan Haig ... Kissing Man

Anita Koh ... Kissing Woman (as Anita Rai)
Laura Dewe Matthews ... Pretty Girl
Julia Foster ... Mother
Jack David ... Rascal #1
Ben Harrow ... Rascal #2
Rory Adamson ... Rascal #3
Robert Kriwazcek ... Rascal #4
Emily Jenkins ... Kiss Crow
Roz Kidd ... Kiss Crow
Seb Lee ... Kiss Crow
Leonie Wheatley ... Kiss Crow
Brian O'Farrell ... Kiss Crow

Directed by
Toby MacDonald 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Luke Ponte 

Produced by
Luke Morris .... producer
Original Music by
Matt Jenkins 
Cinematography by
Nicholas D. Knowland  (as Nic Knowland)
Film Editing by
Saska Simpson 
Production Design by
Emily Jenkins 
Costume Design by
Sophie Towill 
Makeup Department
Konnie Daniel .... hair stylist
Konnie Daniel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Em. L. Muslin .... production manager (as Em Muslin)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Dixon .... assistant director
Art Department
Sylke Abinghoff .... set dresser (as Sylkie Abdinghoff)
Sound Department
Tim Barker .... sound editor
John Crossland .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Pietro Birindelli .... still photographer
Hayley Ann Farr .... clapper loader (as Hayley Farr)
Matthew Poynter .... focus puller
Casting Department
Kate Bryden .... casting advisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cali Rand .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Andy Robinson .... negative cutter
Music Department
Simon Allen .... musician
George Hart .... musician
Jasper Hoiby .... musician
Rob Taggart .... musician
Robin Thompson Clark .... music coordinator
Trevor Walker .... musician
Transportation Department
Simon Rogers .... driver
Noli Yannaghas .... unit driver
Other crew
Dom Aronin .... production assistant
Iain Cunningham .... production coordinator
Alice Dawson .... location manager
Laura Gwynne .... continuity
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Kami Naghdi .... legal services
Simon Rogers .... runner
Olive Segré .... title designer
Greg Smith .... production assistant
Leonie Wheatley .... assistant to producer
Dean Wares .... title typography (uncredited)

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Germany:10 min

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3 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Funny short that makes fun of it's own pretension, 16 March 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Belmonde lives in 1990's London as a iconic, cool French man modelled on the new wave cinema of the 1960s. Unfortunately he is actually English and middle class – a fact that his family won't let him forget no matter how hard he tries.

At the start of this short I thought it was yet another pretentious French short harking back to the 60's in style and character. However after a few minutes we find that the ill tempered complex Frenchman Belmonde is really an English boy, pretending to be French. At this point the short becomes more enjoyable, rather than being pretentious it is actually making fun of those films and the people who try to be like them. This actually makes it very funny and I felt free to laugh at this art – without destroying it in my mind.

The `story' doesn't really go anywhere but rather allows a series of scenes where Belmonde is made fun of as he tries to be like his heroes.

It's clever and funny and manages to hold the interest easily for the brief running time. With no story to speak of, it's never going to brilliant, but where many shorts fall into the trap of being artsy and pretentious this side steps this trap by poking fun at it's main character without actually making fun of the art itself (in this case French new wave).

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