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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 get himself fed, hatches a desperate, yet utterly cunning plan.

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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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"They eat weird stuff, like horse. And donkey. And goat's cheese!"
30 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

An absolutely splendid French short about a (to say the least) starving gendarme who discovers a lady feeding pigeons in the park and dresses up like a pigeon in a desperate attempt to get food. Strange indeed. Very nicely done, it really captures the atmosphere of Paris. Great animation, odd story, and the fat American tourists are just too damn funny.


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