Triplets of Belleville

  • Movie
  • Written and Directed by Sylvain Chomet
  • Reviewed by Kit

The following are out of 5

Racial Representation: 2

LGBTQ+ Representation: 0

Disability Representation: 5

Body Size Representation: 2

Gender Representation: 5

Socioeconomic Representation: 5

Mental Health Representation: 0

Religious Representation: 0

Own Voice: No

Madam Souza’s grandson Champion, a professional cyclist, is kidnapped by the mob so she takes it upon herself to peddle across the sea to rescue him herself. There she stumbles across the titular triplets of Belleville, a retired trio of vaudeville stars who happily throw in their lot with Madam Souza to help save her grandson. Cue one of the most audacious chase scenes ever committed to film, daring rescues, glorious and grotesque retro visuals, a unique soundtrack all without dialogue. There isn’t a lot out there depicting women who have the audacity to age so having an award-winning film about four awesome, elderly women who save the day themselves while actually looking their age is something special. Madame Souza is a quietly determined and completely fearless heroine and her disability-uneven legs resulting in a limp requiring corrective shoes-actually saves the day. The triplets, who were major starlets in their day, are now struggling financially and live in realistically dingy and cramped housing which doesn’t dampen their audacious spirits or stop them from volunteering to rescue a total stranger.

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