Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life
In the final chapter of the beloved family adventure about a boy and his dog, Sebastian is starting adolescence and Belle is now a devoted mother of three adorable pups, but a new challenge awaits after a stranger appears in their Swiss village and claims that he is Belle's rightful owner.
In previous installments of this charming boy-and-his-dog film trilogy, the titular Pyrenean mountain dog and her best friend have conspired to defeat Nazis in the French Alps and rescue the freedom-fighting Angelina (Margaux Chatelier), a mother figure to the orphaned Sebastian. In the trilogy's final installment, it is Belle herself who needs rescuing. The film opens in the late 1940s, two years after the previous film, as the 12-year-old Sebastian (Felix Bossuet) is living an idyllic small-town life with Belle, who is now caring for her three adorable puppies, under the roof of their grizzled guardian, Cesar (Tcheky Karyo), his daughter Angelina, and her boyfriend, Pierre (Thierry Neuvic). Trouble begins, however, when a dark, menacing figure named Joseph appears, claiming to be the previous owner of Belle and forcibly demanding to take back the dog. From that point Sebastian is determined to do whatever is necessary to rescue Belle and her family from the heartless stranger. Director Clovis Cornillac, who plays the black-clad Joseph with a satisfyingly sinister scowl, hews closely to the themes of heroism and the importance of family ties from the first two films. By also making clever use of the stunning alpine setting during heart-pounding chase sequences, he delivers audiences a thrilling adventure for the whole family.
Born in Lyon, Rhone, France, Clovis Cornillac has acted in over 50 films including Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement (2004). His directorial debut Blind Date (2015) played at the Colcoa French Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.
Sponsored by Alliance Francaise de Seattle, The French American School of Puget Sound, French Immersion School of WA, Full Tilt Ice Cream, North Seattle French School
- Original Language Title: Belle et Sebastien 3, le dernier chapitre
- Director: Clovis Cornillac
- Principal Cast: Felix Bossuet, Tcheky Karyo, Clovis Cornillac, Thierry Neuvic, Margaux Chatelier
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: France
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 97 minutes
- Producer: Clement Miserez, Frederic Brillion, Matthieu Warter
- Screenplay: Juliette Sales, Fabien Suarez
- Cinematographers: Thierry Pouget
- Editors: Jean-Francois Elie
- Music: Armand Amar
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Blind Date (2015)
- Language: French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Gaumont