France, 2014, 104 min, Dir. Nicholas Vanier, Live Action, Not rated and suitable for ages 7 to adult, French with English subtitles
"Belle and Sebastian hits all the highlights of harmony and valor. Cute dog close-ups help too." – Blu-Ray Review
Belle and Sebastian is a timeless story of a boy and his dog—a story of friendship, courage, and loyalty—set against the jaw-dropping scenery and alpine panoramas of the Haute Maurienne-Vanoise region of France. Sebastian lives with his grandfather, César, in a vertiginous mountain village, where he crosses paths with a giant and dirty Pyrenean Mountain Dog who the locals have dubbed “the Beast” for allegedly killing their livestock. But Sebastian sees something good in the misunderstood canine and befriends the animal, renaming her “Belle.” Their budding friendship is put to the test when Nazis march into town looking to root out a band of resistance fighters who are guiding Jewish refugees to neighboring Switzerland. With their intimate knowledge of the nooks and crannies of the alpine valleys, Belle and Sebastian join the struggle and help point the way to safety. This film is appropriate for ages 7 and up.
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