Limited Theatrical Release – A beloved story since the 1960’s television series introduced resourceful young Sebastian and the giant mountain sheepdog he tames and calls Belle, this heartwarming new feature film is set during WWII in the snowy Alps of occupied France, on the border of Switzerland. Sebastian, lonely and dreaming of the day his mother will return from America for him, befriends “the beast” the local farmers are convinced is killing their sheep–an enormous yet gentle sheepdog who quickly becomes the boy’s best friend and protector. With Nazis in the village rooting out the resistance fighters helping Jewish refugees cross the border, Belle and Sebastian’s loyalty–to each other and the village that’s embraced them both–will be put to the test.
The scenes and cinematography alone make “Belle and Sebastian” worth renting or owning! The story takes place on the border of Switzerland in the wintry and snowy Alps. The mountains and landscapes are breathtaking to view. One can’t help but wonder, “Is it really that beautiful there?” But indeed it is. The movie’s plot takes place in 1943 and Sabastian (Felix Bossuet) and his elderly friend Ce’sar (Tchesky Karyo) are in search of a “beast” that has killed several of Ce’sar’s sheep. He thinks it is a sheep dog but when Sebastian happens across the dog, a female dog he names Belle, he learns of her gentle side despite having been previously abused.
The plot revolves around Sebastian’s attempt to save Belle from traps are set around where she was last seen, and the story also focuses on Nazi occupation and a planned secret border crossing by several Jews. Ce’sar’s daughter, Angelina (Margaux Chatelier), leads the group in their attempt to find freedom.
The story is interesting, Belle is an amazing dog, and the boy’s efforts to save Belle make for an interesting story. And indeed it is Belle that reveals what is behind the killing of the sheep. Then there are those beautiful mountains to enjoy! We are pleased to award our “Dove Seal” for ages 12+ to “Belle and Sebastian.” It’s an enjoyable viewing experience.