The Triplets of Belleville

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2003


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Sylvain Chomet
The Triplets of Belleville is a spectacle of animation, music, and visual storytelling. When Madame Souza learns her cyclist grandson, Champion, has been kidnapped by French mafioso, she embarks on an adventure that leads her across the sea to North America. Along the way she meets new friends, including the Triplets of Belleville, three old women who sang together during the 1930s. Madame Souza is an unlikely heroine, but she will do whatever she must to save Champion. The 2003 film does not wholly belong to any one genre or style—it was not even created by one country, being co-produced by Belgium, Canada, United Kingdom, and France. Visually, the vibrant animation shows influences of Jacques Tati and makes references to cartoonists Robert Crumb and Mike Judge. The film has very little dialogue, but uses Benoit Charest’s inventive score to assist the narrative. The music reflects the film’s international production, and heavily incorporates the sounds of 1920’s jazz. The Triplets of Belleville receive two Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, “Belleville Rendez-vous.”moreless


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Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Fast, funny, unexpected and uninhibited, The Triplets of Belleville may be animated, but it is also the product of an artistic vision every bit as rigorous as any lofty Cannes priz...

  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    May be the oddest movie of the year, by turns sweet and sinister, insouciant and grotesque, invitingly funny and forbiddingly dark. It may also be one of the best, a tour de force ...

  • 80

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    Almost completely dialogue-free but graced with terrific sound design and a swell score.

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