Belle and Sebastian - Review
Set during the second World War in a picturesque village nestled in the French Alps, this is the simple story of Sebastian (Félix Bossuet), a spirited young farmhand under the care of world weary farmer César (Tchéky Karyo), who befriends a gigantic stray dog suspected by local villagers of preying on their livestock. The two form an inseparable bond which leads them on many adventures in the surrounding countryside. While Sebastian and Belle are frolicking about, the village is dealing with the increasingly intrusive actions by Nazi soldiers, who are attempting to uncover agents within the village responsible for smuggling Jewish refugees into neighbouring Switzerland.
In terms of performances, Félix Bossuet is the true standout, which is remarkable given he’s so young. He really holds his own amongst his seasoned counterparts. Tchéky Karyo is fun as Sebastian’s carer, who despite his gruff exterior has Sebastian's best interests at heart. Other notable performances include Margaux Châtelier as the strong-willed Angelina and Andreas Pietschmann, who plays the resident Nazi bad guy; luckily he is at least able to bring some charm to what otherwise could have been a one dimensional character.
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