Reviewed by Andy in Lewiston

I’ve always been a fan of cartoons, and Sylvain Chomet’s The Triplets of Belleville is my absolute favorite. The film revolves around a boy whose life’s passion is to ride in the Tour de France. He is raised by his grandmother from childhood — a grandmother who knows nothing about what piques the boy’s interest until she finds a scrapbook filled with newspaper clippings and pictures of bicycles. Trying to connect with her grandson, she surprises him with a bike and he is overjoyed. As the years go by he transforms from a pudgy kid to a lanky man ready to ride in the Tour de France. From there, the seemingly placid storyline spins almost out of control as the cyclist is kidnapped and forced to ride for his life. The grandmother and the boy’s dog remain hot on his trail as they travel across the ocean to Belleville and encounter three singing sisters who end up aiding the grandmother in her quest to get her grandson back from the French Mafia. The story is delightful, and since there is no real dialogue to speak of, the movie’s score takes center stage, making this movie truly unforgettable to anyone who dares to dream big.

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