A Monster in Paris

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Un Monstre à Paris

“A terrifyingly overgrown flea turns out to be harmless and likable, and so does French animator Bibo Bergeron’s funny valentine to retro horror and musical conventions.” — Justin Chang, Variety

Director: Bibo Bergeron
Year: 2011
Country: France
Running time: 90 mins
Censor Rating: PG - low level violence

Producer: Luc Besson
Screenplay: Stéphane Kazandjian, Bibo Bergeron
Editor: Pascal Chevé
Music: -M-, Patrice Renson
In English
Colour and B&W/DCP

Voices: Vanessa Paradis (Lucille), Sean Lennon (Francoeur), Adam Goldberg (Raoul), Danny Huston (Maynott), Madeline Zima (Maud), Catherine O’Hara (Carlotta), Jay Harrington (Emile), Matthew Géczy (Albert), Bob Balaban (Pâté), Paul Bandey (narrator)

Festivals: Toronto, Busan 2011

Director Bibo Bergeron (A Shark’s Tale) returns to his native France to craft a lively child-friendly love letter to Paris (and the movies) featuring a cute and sassy singer, a projectionist (nostalgia!) and a musically gifted giant flea.

“There’s much to praise in this bubbly,  [English-dubbed] fairytale from French animator Bibo Bergeron. Set on the streets of Paris in 1910, A Monster in Paris borrows some of its tics from silent cinema… It’s a mostly enjoyable and heartfelt tale of an ill-matched friendship between bug-eyed chanteuse Lucille (Vanessa Paradis) and Francoeur, a giant, scary but soft-centered flea who impresses her with his singing voice (courtesy of Sean Lennon). As a low-profile entry into the animation pantheon, A Monster in Paris charms with painterly backdrops and sartorially elegant characters. But Matthieu Chédid’s catchy Latin songs and the superbly choreographed dance sequences captivate the most.” — Derek Adams, Time Out


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