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Two great friends. One grand adventure.
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  (in credits order)

Félix Bossuet ... Sébastien

Tchéky Karyo ... César

Margaux Chatelier ... Angélina
Dimitri Storoge ... Docteur Guillaume

Andreas Pietschmann ... Lieutenant Peter
Urbain Cancelier ... The Mayor
Mehdi El Glaoui ... André (as Mehdi)
Paloma Palma ... Esther
Karine Adrover ... La mère d'Esther
Loïc Varraut ... Le père d'Esther

Jan Oliver Schroeder ... Soldat Hans
Tom Sommerlatte ... Soldat Erich
Andrée Damant ... Célestine
Pasquale D'Inca ... Le boucher
Eric Soubelet ... Fabien
Michel Pellé ... Le passeur
Jean Blanc ... Habitant délogé
Matthieu Warter ... Colonel allemand
Jean-Hubert Vasina ... Soldat désespéré
Pascal Bison ... Chasseur
Michel Claraz ... Chasseur
Daniel Gainetdinoff ... Chasseur
Célestin Personnaz ... Chasseur
Jean-Michel Personnaz ... Chasseur
Pierre Ferréol ... Doublure Sébastien
Gilbert Suiffet ... Doublure César
Yvann Lebedeff ... Doublure Sébastien
Lonni Charrier ... Doublure Sébastien
Gaspard Gogué Meunier ... Doublure Sébastien
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emma Fogarolo ... Doublure Esther

Directed by
Nicolas Vanier 
Writing credits
Juliette Sales (screenplay) (adaptation) (dialogue) &
Fabien Suarez (screenplay) (adaptation) (dialogue) &
Nicolas Vanier (screenplay) (adaptation) (dialogue)

Cécile Aubry  original characters

Produced by
Frédéric Brillion .... producer
Gilles Legrand .... producer
Clément Miserez .... producer
Matthieu Warter .... producer
Original Music by
Armand Amar 
Cinematography by
Éric Guichard  (as Eric Guichard)
Film Editing by
Stéphanie Pedelacq 
Raphaele Urtin 
Casting by
Michael Berreby 
Production Design by
Sebastian Birchler 
Set Decoration by
Daphné Deboaisne 
Vincent Deleforge (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Adélaïde Gosselin 
Makeup Department
Frédéric Balmer .... special makeup effects artist
Michèle Constantinides .... key makeup artist
Alexis Kinebanyan .... special makeup effects artist
Estelle Tolstoukine .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Alexandra Cherbonnel .... regisseuse adjointe
Rose Curings .... assistant unit manager
Gaspard Danel .... assistant unit manager
Philippe Gautier .... production manager
Frederic Jupin .... post-production coordinator: Eclair Numérique
Clara Vincienne .... post prod supervisor
Kailali Wassila .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Berreby .... first assistant director
Rémi Bouvier .... second assistant director
Aurore Coppa .... additional second assistant director
Anne Gilles .... first assistant director
Olivier Horlait .... first assistant director
Raphaël Horlait .... third assistant director
Nathalie Nouaili .... second assistant director
Nicolas Pfaff .... third assistant director
Art Department
Ewen Aubert .... assistant property master
Alexandre Chapuis .... property master
Marc Flouquet .... first assistant decorator
Christophe Mercier .... location finder
Sound Department
Emeline Aldeguer .... sound mix technician
Boris Chapelle .... dialogue editor
Thomas Desjonquères .... supervising sound editor
Nicolas Favre .... boom operator
Emmanuel Hachette .... sound
Lucas Hudson .... sound facilities liaison
François Lambert .... sound assistant
Matthieu Langlet .... dialogue re-recording mixer
Anne Le Campion .... re-recording mixer
François Lepeuple .... foley artist
Alain Lévy .... post-synchronisation
Quentin Lévy .... foley assistant
Guillaume Moutardier .... sound mix technician
Pierre Picq .... boom operator
Simon Poupard .... sound editor
Morgane Thomas .... a.d.r. editor
Special Effects by
Olivier Marais .... special effects
Guy Monbillard .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Thomas Bayle-Labouré .... digital compositor
Alain Bignet .... digital compositor
Lucie Bories .... digital compositor
Joseph Catté .... digital compositor
Anthony Charbonnier .... digital compositor
Thierry Delobel .... visual effects director
David Gourmaud .... visual effects editor
Yohann Hays .... digital compositor
Aurelie Lajoux .... visual effects supervisor
Julien Lasson .... digital compositor
Stephane Lesmond .... visual effects video assist
Jean-Francois Michelas .... digital compositor
Philippe Nalet .... digital compositor
David Sanchez .... digital compositor
Virginie Wintrebert .... visual effects coordinator
Veronique Zylberfain .... digital matte painter
Rémi Canaple .... stunt coordinator
Alexandre Cauderlier .... stunt performer
Rémy Escoffier .... stunt performer (as Rémi Escoffier)
David Grolleau .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Marc Alaux .... lighting balloon technician
Stéphane Assié .... gaffer
Sylvain Bardoux .... key grip
Christophe Bassoulet .... electrician
Vincent Blasco .... grip
Aurélie Blin .... second assistant camera
Philippe Bois .... grip
Michel Bouquerel .... extra electrician
Rémi Bozonnet .... second assistant camera
Patrick Chizallet .... grip
Stéphane Chollet .... steady cam operator
Steven Desbrow .... aerial director of photography
Philippe Dorelli .... additional steadicam operator
Aurélien Dubois .... first assistant camera
Remy Freess .... grip
Donnet Isabelle .... Housses caméra sur mesure
Luna Jappain .... second assistant camera
Nicolas Kiechel .... grip: additional photography
Mathieu Le Bothlan .... camera operator
Thibault Marsan-Bacheré .... additional steadicam operator
François Perrault-Alix .... grip
Luc Poullain .... helicopter pilot: camera helicopter
Edgar Raclot .... grip
Alexis Robin .... first assistant camera: second unit
Loïc Savouré .... director of photography: second unit
Christophe Soffietti .... steadicam operator
Honoré Soubrie .... grip
Christophe Trefigny .... electrician
Benjamin Vial .... grip
Christian Vicq .... gaffer
Jonathan Cathala .... aerial camera technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Léa Coquin .... casting assistant
Kristin Diehle .... casting: Germany
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Isabelle Boiton .... key costumer
Elsa Bourdin .... wardrobe
Nelly Geyres .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Vivien Casamian .... additional assistant editor
Clément Guégan .... digital conformation
Aude Humblet .... colorist
Charlotte Soyez .... assistant editor
Music Department
Guillaume Begni .... musician
Quentin Boniface .... head of music department
Fabien Cali .... composer: additional music
Fabien Cali .... orchestrator
Martin Delemazure .... music supervisor
Adam Klemens .... conductor
Vitek Kral .... recording engineer
Anissa Nassih .... music publishing
Katrin Oebel .... executive music producer
Anne-Sophie Versnaeyen .... orchestrator
Other crew
Jennifer Gay .... translator
Guillemette Guyot .... assistant administrator
Rowan Harland .... dog trainer
Emile Ploix .... production accountant
Pascal Pons .... assistant production accountant
Andrew Simpson .... animal coordinator
Valentine Traclet .... script supervisor
Megan Valinote .... animal trainer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Belle et Sébastien" - France (original title)
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104 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Belle is a Pyrenean Mountain Dog.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of "Belle et Sébastien" (1965)See more »
Stille Nacht, Heilige NachtSee more »


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They found each other, a tale of a new friendship., 14 March 2017
Author: Reno Rangan from Somewhere in the Cosmos

A year ago I saw and reviewed 'Heidi'. This is just like a boy version of that film. The Alps, goats, grandfather, like that each other can be compared. This one came even before that, but I saw it only now. Whenever I see a film this late, I comfort myself saying 'better late than never'. There's already a sequel was made and I'm sure I'll be watching it very soon. By the way the film was based on half a century old children's novel and directed by who is famous for his dog films and documentaries.

This is the tale of a young boy named Sébatien who lives with his grandfather in the French Alps valley. It was during the 40s and the people are devastated by the presence of nazi force. The town has not yet shown any resistance to that. But there was a little compassion for the small Jewish community living among them and they're helping them to get away safely to the other side of the mountain.

On the other hand, the boy befriends with a feral dog and names her Belle, who was responsible for the deaths of goats. Their bond becomes stronger and all his effort is to protect Belle from village people. But one day during the Christmas season, the opportunity knocks to prove their worth, particularly Belle's. That's when the narration reaches the highest point with some adventures in the snowy Alps.

❝It is nicer than 'dirty beast', huh?❞

The first thing about this tale is where it takes place. The locations were the backbone of the storytelling. They used it perfectly, not just as the background, but for the story itself. Then comes the two important characters, Belle and Sébatien. It's like another dog film, but Belle too had parts to show her capable like in the stunt section. Sébatien was a cute little kid and in his first film, he was excellent.

Honestly, I expected more from them, together, to develop their connection even further. The disappointments were the edgy (adventure) portions which were not that thrill. Like the filmmakers preferred safe mode than being more realistic. Like they were aiming for G rating, not even for a PG. On that aspect, it looks a lot like a television film. This view is from me as an adult, but the others' might vary.

Despite its sets in the time of the WWII, there's no violences in the film. That sub-plot was part of the story to complicate and improvise the film. Apart from that, this is a pure children's and family film. But I expected a little more tight plot and developed characters in the rest of the film, excluding visually impressiveness. This film was too simple, especially if you had seen 'Heidi', 'Brothers of the Wind', 'The Fox & the Child' and a few others. Otherwise, it will one of the best films you are going to see and enjoyable for many other reasons.

I can tell, it was incomplete and then I came to know about its follow-up. I don't think that was preplanned, but the idea seems not bad. I hope that film will be even better than this. I can't wait to watch another adventure by Belle and Sébatien. This is a good watch, especially if you are a children's film fan, but it is a must see for the little ones. Films like this will shape up their childhood memories. I have lots of such sweet memories, so just show it to them and watching with them will even better to share the same memories.


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