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New Bohemia Movie Review: The Triplets of Bellville

Hello there observers of this New Bohemian world. Gabriel here! Yesterday, August 31st, my collegues and I had the opportunity to catch a certain animated flick. Les Triplettes de Belleville is a magnificent animated masterpiece with a encapsulating soundtrack, an enchanting French touch, and plenty of humor for us all.
IMDb sums up the movie like so:

Plot Outline: 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.

The movie opens with with a early black and white cartoon style like that of Betty Boop and others of that time. The scene shows several high society couples, comprised of a fat, mean looking women carrying their wealthy husbands like rag dolls, entering a club. The club is featuring Les Triplettes de Belleville, a singing trio of gals. The whole opening sequence is comprised of various crazy, impossible antics. Then the camera zooms out to show Madame Souza and her young grandsom observing television program.

The art really gets to you and you can sense statements throughout the entire movie that really say a lot about every one of us. You could probably watch the movie 10 times and only begin to understand. The characters are just as charming and as perplexing as the art style itself. So much could be read into even the most meaningless of characters. For example, in the fictional land of Bellville, sky scrapers reach ridiculous heights, off the shore is a Statue of Liberty, except with added girth and holding food items. Nearly all of the inhabitants of Bellville are fat cats. Is this the director's statement of what he thinks of America? Could be. This movie truly speaks volumes in many different directions of the Universe. Also scattered through out the movie are the dreams of Bruno, the dog. The sequences contain some of the strangest scenarios one could conspire. The extents of these imaginitive ideas in this movie is unbelieveable. Truly this is a fine piece of work that makes so many bold statements and contains so much meaning deep within it. It is doubtful that anyone could every truly understand it all, but the quest to do so would surely be an experience all its own.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 starbucks.


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