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One-of-a-Kind Film, 'The Triplets of Belleville,'
To Screen at UW-Eau Claire Sept. 23-26

 MAILED:  Sept. 21, 2004

EAU CLAIRE —"The Triplets of Belleville," a sophisticated animated feature for adults, will screen Sept. 23-26 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Director Sylvain Chomet forged a new narrative and visual style with the 2002 film, which will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

The tale follows the diminutive Madame Souza, a doting grandmother who enlists three eccentric jazz-age singers, the Triplets of Belleville, to help rescue her cyclist grandson from kidnappers after the boy enters the Tour de France. Using only music, sound effects and a smattering of dialogue, Chomet relies on his witty and hyper-stylized animation to tell the story. Five years in the making, the droll and visually breathtaking film received a standing ovation at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

"Few movies, animated or otherwise, can match the opening five minutes of 'The Triplets of Belleville' for sheer illustrative inventiveness," wrote Noel Murray of The Onion A.V. Club. "Chomet's film is short, surreal and practically wordless, telling a stream-of-consciousness story about a champion cyclist and his protective grandmother that doubles as an allegorical anti-industrialist reverie. It's weird, moody stuff, likely to appeal to offbeat animation buffs and cineastes who favor imaginative flights of whimsy and grotesquerie. … The film is best treated as a one-of-a-kind wonder: an ingenious contraption that dazzles, teases, attracts, and repels with all the mystery and sublimity of a miniature world."

In French subtitled in English, the 80-minute film is rated PG-13 for images involving sensuality, violence and crude humor.

Tickets are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, and $1 for UW-Eau Claire Students, at the University Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby, (715) 836-3727. The film is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire International Film Society.

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Updated: September 21, 2004