Belle & Sebastian

Sebastian and Belle think about going on the lam.
Sebastian and Belle think about going on the lam.

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

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