Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 69%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Monica Viegas
Jean-Claude Donda
Dirk Denoyelle
Graziella de Vila
Michel Robin.
Directors
Sylvain Chomet.
Screenwriters
Sylvain Chomet.
Running Time
81 minutes

LATEST DVD REVIEWS
John Pilger: The War On Democracy
4 Star Empire Rating
Tremors - 25th Anniversary Edition
4 Star Empire Rating
Darling
3 Star Empire Rating
Long Good Friday, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Cat People
3 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Long Good Friday, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Birdman
5 Star Empire Rating
Duke of burgundy, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Rashomon
5 Star Empire Rating
Paddington
5 Star Empire Rating

Belleville Rendez-Vous
French animator Chomet's first full-length adult-oriented comedy-adventure.


submit to reddit


Plot
During the Tour De France, ace cyclist Champion is kidnapped by the Mafia and taken to the megalopolis of Belleville. Mme. Souza, Champion's doting grandmother, mounts a daring rescue mission, aided by three ageing music hall stars.


Review
While it does not feature any sex or violence, Belleville Rendez-Vous is animation solely for adults. Shot through with sadness and satire, nostalgia and complexity, French animator Chomet's first full-length feature mixes a cracking, comedic (practically dialogue-free) adventure yarn with a hymn for times lost into something unique and cherishable.

From the opening musical number, Chomet throws in terrific set-pieces (Mme. Souza chasing an ocean liner on a pedalo, a last reel getaway that would put Hollywood to shame), subtle cultural commentary (Belleville is a thinly-disguised America), great supporting characters (the sad-faced cyclists, the hulking mobsters), and, best of all, an emotionally resonant core.

A Portuguese old dear with a clubfoot, Mme. Souza is the most unlikely cartoon hero for decades, but her implacable, resourceful spirit and indomitable desire to protect her grandson is enormously winning.


Extras

Belleville Rendez-vous Belleville Rendez-vous
Released: 26 January 2004
Via three brief scene-specific commentaries, a ‘making of’ (15 mins.), a set of interviews (33 mins.) and an animation lesson (5 mins.), Chomet gives us a good sense of the entire process, particularly how to make computer animation look like 2-D.

Plus an interview with the main background artist and a music video with its own ‘making of’.


Verdict
It occasionally suffers from longeurs, but it's moving and funny with moments of genius. More of the same, s'il vous plaît.


Reviewed by


Related Reviews
Sounds
Belleville Rendez-vous
 

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Belleville Rendez-Vous
Empire Star Rating

masterpiece of animation, great characters and incredible climax! ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by ARmy2510 at 13:06, 13 February 2011 | Report This Post


GREAT ANIMATION

The dog is even funnier than Gromit. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by bobbyperu at 08:22, 22 December 2008 | Report This Post


GREAT ANIMATION

The dog is even funnier than Gromit. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by bobbyperu at 08:22, 22 December 2008 | Report This Post


. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by nc_jj at 03:07, 07 April 2008 | Report This Post


. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by nc_jj at 03:07, 07 April 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Belleville Rendez-Vous

this is a great movie, the review is spot-on ! Well done Empire ... More

Posted by Orbital at 14:44, 25 February 2006 | Report This Post



CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
General Election 2015 Photoshop Special: Empire's Movie Cabinet
Vote for Smaug!

Chris Rock: Role By Role
The comedian talks us through his hits and misses

Film Studies 101: Being A Location Manager
Avengers: Age Of Ultron's Jamie Lengyel shares the tricks of the trade

10 Avengers: Age Of Ultron Secrets
Exclusive: Joss Whedon spills the beans on Empire's spoiler podcast

Updated! Stan Lee’s Marvel-lous Cameos – Now With Even More Cameos
From Daredevil to... Daredevil?

11 Of The Silliest Sesame Street Film Parodies
From Aveggies: Age Of Ultron to Big Birdman (and back again)

Richard Armitage Bids Farewell To The Hobbit
On goat-riding, keepsakes and saying goodbye to Thorin

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire Digital Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 69%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)