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BELLE & SEBASTIAN: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES

SYNOPSIS: It is September 1945. Now 10 years old, Sebastian (Felix Bossuet) is celebrating the end of the war along with the village - and eagerly awaiting the return of Angelina (Margaux Chatelier). When news reaches them that her plane has crashed in the forest, everyone's joy turns to sadness as they mourn her. All except Cˇsar (Tcheky Karyo) - who believes she is still alive, who recruits a pilot (Thierry Neuvic) to help try to find her.

Review by Louise Keller:
Family and belonging are the main themes of this delightful sequel that showcases more adventures for Sebastian and his beloved dog, Belle. Eight year-old Felix Bossuet charmed us in the original film and it is reassuring to see that he has lost none of his screen appeal, two years later. Sebastian's origins are the focus of the story this time with the introduction of the father he has never met. The crucial casting of Thierry Neuvic as his father, Pierre ensures the perfect dynamic. Set again in the beautiful French Alps, screenwriters Juliette Sales and Fabrien Suarez have kept to the formula in which Belle is the protector, who keeps a close watch on Sebastian and his loved ones. It's a winning recipe of stunning natural settings, thrilling adventure and key relationships for a little boy who loves his dog.

In the opening sequence, we are reminded of Sebastian's rebellious nature, opting to play on the mountains with Belle, rather than sit in a classroom at school. This works well, especially in the context of his pilot father Pierre (Neuvic), who has the same disdain for authority. The plot line involving why Sebastian's adoptive grandfather Cesar (Tcheky Karyo) has never contacted Pierre is a little weak, but the exposition comes into its own when Pierre is recruited to search for Angelina (Margaux Chatelier), whose plane has crashed in the forests on the Italian border.

The fact that Sebastian and Belle hide onboard Pierre's plane before he flies over the burning forests provides a perfect opportunity for father and son to get to know each other. It is Sebastian who initially has the upper hand, as Pierre does not know his identity and their shared adventures are perfect for the required bonding. All the plot points come together nicely: a grizzly bear, an out of control forest fire, an Italian girl who pretends to be a boy, finding Angelina and a father and son who find each other at last. It's a fitting continuation of the story; a heart warming film that the whole family will enjoy.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES (PG)
(France, 2015)

CAST: Felix Bossuet, Tcheky Karyo, Thierry Neuvic, Margaux Chatelier

PRODUCER: Frederic Brillion, Sidonie Dumas, Gilles Legrand,Clement Miserez, Matthieu Warter

DIRECTOR: Christian Duguay

SCRIPT: Juliette Sales, Fabrien Suarez (book by Cecile Aubry)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Christophe Graillot

EDITOR: Olivier Gajan

MUSIC: Armand Amar

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Sebastian Birchler

RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Icon

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 30, 2016







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