Family Film Sunday: Belle and Sebastian
Sunday Mar 20 11:10 AM
Sunday Mar 20 01:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Film:
Part of the 14th Annual Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival
Directed by Nicolas Vanier. France. 2014. 99 min. French with English subtitles.
Sebastian, an orphaned seven-year-old, lives with his adoptive grandfather and sister in an alpine village in WWII-occupied France. Sebastian and his grandfather form a touching bond, but Sebastian is lonely. He befriends a stray, mud-caked sheepdog, cleans her up in a stream, and calls her Belle for her beautiful white fur. Meanwhile, a “beast” has been ravaging herds of sheep; Sebastian knows the villagers will think Belle is the beast, so he hides her in a cave and teaches her to be his resourceful companion. Amid the war, French Resistance fighters have been secretly helping Jewish villagers escape into Switzerland. A Nazi patrol arrives to halt the escapes. Sebastian and Belle join in a dangerous trek through the French Alps to help lead the Jews across the Swiss border. This engrossing film is loaded with suspense—but has a happy ending.
Free. Recommended for age 8 +. Parental Guidance: Some tense scenes with brief depictions of drinking, hunting and blood.
See the trailer.