Bourne's Montreal: Les Triplettes De Belleville Ride Again
July 6, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Ten years ago, the song that won an Oscar came from -- I forget which movie in "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy. I also have forgotten the song that won, and 3 of the other nominees.
I do remember, with great delight, a song that lost but stole our hearts on the Oscars telecast: composer Benoit Charest playing "Belleville Rendezvous" from The Triplets of Belleville, an animated and quite surreal adventure about a grandmother and three other old ladies.
The triplets don't look alike, except they're all grey and goofy, rescue a grandson -- a bicycle racer abducted by gangsters. Charest performed at the Oscars with the magnificent singer Beatrice Bonifassi and a band that included a percussively played-upon upended bicycle.
To celebrate the triplet's 10th anniversary, Charest returned to perform the soundtrack music live with a screening of the timelessly weird and enchanting movie.
Charest's "Terrible Orchestre de Belleville" was having as much of a hoot as the audience, complete with a drummer in drag.
And a bicycle. Upended.
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