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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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The story of how the Triplets of of Belleville formed their song-and-dance act.

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Béatrice Bonifassi ...
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Lina Boudreau ...
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Michèle Caucheteux ...
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Jean-Claude Donda ...
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Mari-Lou Gauthier ...
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Charles Linton ...
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Monica Viegas ...
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$108,080 (USA) (28 November 2003)

Gross:

$7,002,255 (USA) (2 July 2004)
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Trivia

The pianist Mme. Souza and young Champion are watching on television is a caricature of the famous Canadian virtuoso, Glenn Gould, known for his piano interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach's keyboard works and for the fact that he would hum along as he played the piano (which can be heard in the film). See more »

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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 »

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[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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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 »

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Soundtracks

Belleville Rendezvous
Music by Benoît Charest
Lyrics by Sylvain Chomet
Performed by Matthieu Chedid (as -M-)
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A Very Different Kind Of Animated Film
7 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's another film that is quite different from anything you've seen. It animated French film, and this unique artwork is really something to see - astounding in parts. Audibly, it's also unique as there is almost no dialog in here.

The strange story is a simple one: a mother and the family dog go after people who kidnap her son. That doesn't begin to explain the weirdness, however. The son is a great Tour de France cyclist who, along with two other races, is kidnapped and taken to New York City (Belleville). The mother and dog follow and are taken in by three eccentric old singers who eat frogs (I told you it gets weird.). Then, they discover where the son is and the chase is on. The ending, frankly, gets carried away and is the only part of the story that didn't really seem to fit in. It was just too plain stupid and clichéd, dumbing a clever film down..

With almost no dialog, it would be easy to bore the audience but the artwork is so good and the story is told so well with a lot of humor, that it keeps your interest and would be fun to watch a number of times.


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