“Mais oui, monsieur”
“Then hop over the bar and get me a drink”.
Quite a lot of our regulars didn't turn up for last night's film. Perhaps they don't like animations? Or maybe they'd seen that one before – it has been on TV a couple of times. Or maybe it's the light nights? Holidays? We'd be interested to know why you weren't there so please add a comment.
I think this was one of the best films we've shown this year – at least as good as L'Illusioniste, last year's animation by the same director – although it was scored much lower at 74%. What sort of mind can think up stuff like betting on a cycle to the death race? And make it funny? Not to mention the frog business. Using a dog as a spare tyre? Brilliantly bizarre.
It was good to see quite a few young faces. Apparently some students came along to brush up on their French. I suspect they were disappointed as there was very little dialogue – and we did get an unusually high number of uncommented poor feedback ratings.
|A||Absolutely brilliant – fantastic animation – bizarre story – loved it.|
|A||Wonderful animation! Worthy of the country that gave the world the 2CV|
|A||Very unusual – I don't usually come for animations|
|A||Formidable! Original, witty, excellent soundtrack.|
|A||Better than the original Belleville Rendez-vous. Great fun and great music.|
|A||That was phenomenally grand! Never seen anything quite like it! Thanks Sue!|
|A||Absolutely wonderful. Fascinating. Amusing and grotesque!|
|B||What a treat! - Idiosyncratic, charming, funny|
|B||Wonderful animation. Very subtle story. Would happily see it again.|
|C||Amazing animation & music but not really my sort of thing.|
|C||Wonderful artwork, crazily told story. Not something I would usually watch which is a good thing|
|D||Some clever touches but bizarre!|
IMDB user rating 7.7 out of 10:
Rotten Tomatoes – very high audience rating 88%:
Reviewed for the BBC by Tom Dawson “What's French for don't miss?”
Philip French in The Observer “This glorious French animation is an antidote to Hollywood's bland, computer-generated movies”
Any French GCSE students might appreciate this link to the TES to download a workbook based on the film...