• 1. Very Little Dialogue.

It’s a non-English language movie, but this Belgian/French film relies largely on music and its characters’ actions to tell its amusing fairytale. It’s about a plucky grandmother and her pet dog who set out to rescue a champion cyclist in the Tour de France when he is kidnapped by gangsters.


  • 2. Not For Kids

There are some dark moments, so it’s probably not one for young kids. That means I’m happy. I have a negative knee-jerk reaction to the word animation since the genre usually goes hand in hand with child-targeted content.

  • 3. Animation Style

This movie’s animation feels stylishly old-fashioned in a French kind of way.

  • 4. The Music

  • 5. The Acclaim.

Belleville Rendez-vous was nominated for two Oscars – Best Animated Feature and Best Original song. It was also BAFTA nominated for Best Film not in the English language.

Belleville Rendez-vous

Belleville Rendez-vous is showing tonight 28th July on BBC4 at 10.30pm