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Belle et Sébastien (2013)

A six-year-old boy and his dog look to foil a Nazi effort to capture French Resistance fighters.

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Nicolas Vanier

Writers:

Juliette Sales (screenplay), Fabien Suarez (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Félix Bossuet ... Sébastien
Tchéky Karyo ... César
Margaux Chatelier ... Angélina
Dimitri Storoge Dimitri Storoge ... Docteur Guillaume
Urbain Cancelier ... The Mayor
Andreas Pietschmann ... Lieutenant Peter
Mehdi El Glaoui ... André (as Mehdi)
Paloma Palma Paloma Palma ... Esther
Karine Adrover Karine Adrover ... La mère d'Esther
Loïc Varraut Loïc Varraut ... Le père d'Esther
Jan Oliver Schroeder ... Soldat Hans (as Jan-Oliver Schroeder)
Tom Sommerlatte Tom Sommerlatte ... Soldat Erich
Andrée Damant ... Célestine
Pasquale D'Inca Pasquale D'Inca ... Le boucher
Eric Soubelet Eric Soubelet ... Fabien
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In 1943, in the French Alps, the orphan Sébastien lives in a small village with his grandfather César, who is a shepherd, and his aunt Angélina, who is a baker. Sébastien misses his mother and believes she has traveled to America. He expects to get a watch with compass as a gift from her. The local Dr. Guillaume is a member of the Frech resistance that helps Jewish refugees to flee to Switzerland and the German Lieutenant Peter and troop are hunting down the resistance. When sheep are found slaughtered, César and the other residents believe that a stray dog that has been abused by his owner is the responsible and hunt it down. Sébastien finds the dog, gives the name of Belle to her and they become friends. But the animal is considered a beast by the inhabitants. Will Sébastien be capable to save Belle? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Two great friends. One grand adventure.

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

18 December 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bela in Sebastijan See more »

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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Belle is a Pyrenean Mountain Dog. See more »

Crazy Credits

Sebastien is seen with a school knapsack and other school boys during the credits. See more »

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Followed by Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life (2017) See more »

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Performed by Suizan Jean-François Lagrost (as Suizan Lagrost), Armand Amar
Composed by Armand Amar
(P) © 2013 Radar Films - Epithète Films - Gaumont under exclusive license to Play On
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Unusually upbeat for a French movie
13 April 2015 | by Neddy MerrillSee all my reviews

Belle and Sebastian may also be the name of a band or an appliance brand but this review deals with the recent French film by that name. In it, a boy and his fluffy white dog save Jewish refugees from the Nazi occupation of France by leading them over the French Alps into Switzerland. Why don't the soldiers just follow them into unarmed Switzerland and take back the escapees is a good question for your history teacher. Beyond the honoring of true-life heroic acts taken by the French resistance, the movie is also an excuse to film some stunning visuals in the boy's largely vertical world. Within this world some sad and sophisticated things happen (including a least 2 double-crosses) so clearly this isn't an American children's picture. Some sad stuff happens as well but not as much as you expect for a French film. The acting is overwrought at times but generally very good - the dog is excellent. In short, worth taking your older children to and having them learn something.


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