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The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

Les triplettes de Belleville (original title)
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When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him.

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Credited cast:
Béatrice Bonifassi ...
Triplets (singing voice)
Lina Boudreau ...
Triplets (voice)
Michèle Caucheteux ...
(voice)
Jean-Claude Donda ...
(voice)
Mari-Lou Gauthier ...
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Charles Linton ...
(singing voice) (as Charles Prévost Linton)
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(voice)
Monica Viegas ...
(voice)
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Storyline

Madame Souza, an elderly woman, instills in her grandson Champion (for who she acts as his guardian) a love of cycling. As a young man, he does become a dedicated road racer with his grandmother as his trainer. During a mountainous leg of the Tour de France in which Champion is racing, he goes missing. Evidence points to him being kidnapped. Indeed, he and two of his competitors were kidnapped, the kidnappers who want to use the threesome's unique skills for nefarious purposes. With Champion's overweight and faithful pet dog Bruno at her side, Madame Souza goes looking for Champion. Their trek takes them overseas to the town of Belleville. Without any money, Madame Souza and Bruno are befriended and taken in by three eccentric elderly women, who were once the renowned jazz singing group The Triplets of Belleville. The triplets help Madame Souza and Bruno try to locate and rescue Champion. Written by Huggo

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Rated PG-13 for images involving sensuality, violence and crude humor | See all certifications »

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13 February 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$572,207 (France) (20 June 2003)

Gross:

$7,002,255 (USA) (2 July 2004)
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The yellow-jerseyed leader of the Tour de France depicted in the film is a caricature of five-time tour winner Jacques Anquetil. It would appear that the year is 1957, the year of Anquetil's first win and the only year he participated which featured a stage finish in Marseilles. See more »

Goofs

Near the End, where the Triplets and Souza are going across the bay over the bridge, you see a ship passing under it into the harbour. However, when the Mafia goes over the edge into the funnel of the ship, It is leaving the harbour, not entering it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Madame Souza: Is that it, then? Is it over, do you think? What have you got to say to Grandma?
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Crazy Credits

After the credits have rolled we see the Pedalo rent guy waiting on the beach, looking out to sea and checking his wrist watch. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Belleville Rendezvous
Music by Benoît Charest
Lyrics by Sylvain Chomet
Performed by Matthieu Chedid (as -M-)
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I LOVED this movie!
12 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I saw "The Triplettes of Bellville" on display at my video store I had never heard anything about it, so I had no idea what to expect. I chose it because to me, it looked bizarre- (which I love) and when I saw it was French it made me grab it right away. There was a show I used to watch called "OH CANADA" that had French / Canadian cartoons which were the most bizarre and enjoyable cartoons I had ever seen. They only showed it late at night because they weren't your typical cartoons, and more for adults than children. I was hoping Triplettes of Bellville would be something like that, and I was more than pleasantly surprised when I watched it. The first 5 minutes had me rolling with laughter and telling my partner "SEE! Isn't this great?!!" (He wasn't too sure of why I chose a cartoon for us to watch, but I kept telling him it would be good.) We both loved it, and commented how freaky and weird it was. It had many layers to it, and is one of those movies that I am sure the more you watch it, the more things you will see that you missed. I really loved the hidden meanings and psychological depth it had. For example, the part where we get to see a dog's dream...we were like "Woah- I bet that IS what dogs dream about!!!" I am determined to buy this movie, which I very rarely buy movies because they seem to lose their charm after you own them. I have already planned for my 3 sisters and I to get together just to watch this movie. I liked it so much that I am writing a review! (something I have never done!) I was a little upset when I heard that people were criticizing it, but then again, I have to expect that. It isn't the typical movie you would see in the theaters at any given time- but then again, that is EXACTLY why I loved it!!! So, if you love movies that are bizarre, different, and can take on many meanings, Triplettes of Bellville is the one to watch! I have been telling everyone I know to go see it!


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