Les Triplettes de Belleville

Wolfsonian Museum. April 3rd, 2008. 7:00p.m.

Wolfsonian Museum. Miami Art Museums
Les Triplettes de Belleville is an award-winning 2003 animated feature film written and directed by Sylvain Chomet. It was released as The Triplets of Belleville in North America, and as Belleville Rendez-vous in the UK. The film features the voices of Michèle Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, and Monica Viegas; although there is some dialogue, the majority of the film story is told through song and pantomime. The film was highly praised by audiences and critics for its unique (and somewhat retro) style of animation. It was an international co-production between companies in France, Belgium and Canada.

The film satirically pokes fun at national stereotypes and clichés foreigners spread about French and Americans. It laughs at the stereotypes of the French (for example their alleged obsession with the Tour de France, or their so-called fondness for eating frogs and Americans, for example their alleged obesity and lewd manner. The film features almost no spoken dialogue, though some spoken words, such as Tour de France radio commentary by Robert Chapatte and a speech by Charles de Gaulle on evening TV are included sporadically.

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