All-ages matinée! A new animated feature from France!
Original French-language version. No English subtitles!
A lovelorn film projectionist, a wisecracking delivery man/inventor, a famous cabaret singer, and a gargantuan flea named Francoeur join forces against a corrupt police chief in French animator Bibo Bergeron’s enchanting A Monster in Paris, a major hit in France. Full of catchy tunes, Bergeron’s beautifully rendered film is set during the 1910 Paris flood. A monster may — or may not — be at large in the waterlogged city. The truth isn’t important to the dastardly chief of police, who’s exploiting peoples’ fears for his own political gain. “The huge success of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo augurs pretty well for this amiable family animation, which has some similar themes and settings... The film has something of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and indeed King Kong, but has an eccentric style of its own” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian). “Enjoyable and heartfelt ... There’s much to praise in this bubbly fairytale, [which] borrows some of its tics from silent cinema, but it also reaches out to films such as Frankenstein, Phantom of the Opera, The Fly, and King Kong for inspiration. A Monster in Paris charms with painterly backdrops and sartorially elegant characters” (Derek Adams, Time Out). Colour, 35mm, in French. 90 mins.
Note: No English subtitles. All Ages Welcome. Pacific Cinémathèque membership is not required for this screening.
"The film has something of Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame, and indeed King Kong, but has an eccentric style of its own."Guardian | full review
"Fun for all the family with impressive visuals and some catchy tunes."Empire Magazine | full review
"There’s much to praise in this bubbly, 3D fairytale from French animator Bibo Bergeron."Time Out | full review