Sebastian is an orphan boy in a village in the French Alps during WWII. He befriends a wild dog, Belle, that is the prime suspect in a series of recent attacks on livestock.
The villagers expend much energy hunting for the dog when you’d think, having access to a cache of hunting rifles, they might be more tempted to do something about the local Nazi infestation instead. But to their credit, they do have a sideline in smuggling Jewish refugees to safety.
This movie seems to sit a little awkwardly between a children’s film and a nostalgic excursion for adults who remember the original 1960s TV series (which I don’t). It’s a little lacking in drama but the scenery’s beautiful, and the boy and his dog are suitably cute. 6/10
Released July 3, 2014