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The Old Lady and the Pigeons (1997)

La vieille dame et les pigeons (original title)
In seductive central Paris, an undernourished gendarme willing to go to great lengths to feed himself hatches a desperate, yet utterly cunning plan.


Sylvain Chomet


Sylvain Chomet (scenario), David Freedman (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
James Pidgeon ... (voice) (as Jim Pidgeon)
Michoue Sylvain Michoue Sylvain ... (voice)
Andrea Usher-Jones Andrea Usher-Jones ... (voice)


In seductive central Paris, amidst American noisy tourists, an undernourished gendarme unexpectedly stumbles across a sweet elderly woman feeding flocks of pigeons in the park with out-of-the-ordinary table scraps. As a result, it won't take long before the emaciated and starving officer hatches a desperate, yet utterly cunning plan to trick the merciful unsuspecting lady into letting him take part in the feasts, willing to go to great lengths to get himself fed. But where does the need for survival end, and where does greed begin? As the lucky police officer gets fatter by the day, soon, he will realise that moderation is golden. Written by Nick Riganas

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The Policeman has a cameo on Chomet's later film, The Illusionist (2010). See more »


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A short trip before the Triplets
15 October 2006 | by FilmFlaneurSee all my reviews

If you have ever wondered what Sylvain Chomet, the creator of Les Triplettes de Belleville did before that, then I can tell you: it's this, an entirely characteristic, shorter and considerably darker tale of pigeons and policemen, allied to a cruel dig at American tourists in Paris. The animator's Searle-like style is already fully formed and one or two of the beloved character types from Belleville (the dog, the diminutive mother) appear here too. Vieille Dame is not however merely a dry run for the fully fledged feature, more an extended taster of a unique talent. At only 20 mins it is still worth seeking out and is coupled on disc with three other animations laced with dark humour, although sadly not by Chomet. Only available from Amazon.fr apparently as part of a 50 minute DVD, and without English subtitles - although as only one of the four animation uses language to any extent, and the lesser of these too, this is not a real problem. Recommended.

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27 May 1998 (France) See more »

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