• 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.

    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin
    Benoit Charest by Frederic Menard-Aubin

    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.

    To hear Bourne's interview with Charest at FIJM 2013, click here.

    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin
    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin

    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.

    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin
    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin

    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.

    Photo by Frederique Menard-Aubin
    Photo by Frederique Menard-Aubin

    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.

    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin
    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin

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