Belleville Rendez-vous (2003) The Triplets of Belleville
Grandmother notices her child’s dis-ease,
finds puppy-plus-tricycle cure in time,
and sets in motion a mountain journey—
from cabaret play through organized crime.
She couldn’t have planned it if she tried, not
Madame Souza with her young Champion.
Her egg beater massages his massive
thighs in training for his first Tour de France.
Voila! He’s ready! Excitement packs all:
he on his bike while her truck trails behind—
Madame Souza, Bruno, food and water—
The animation is simply divine.
I won’t spoil the tale while they’re on the trail
but leave you with this little rhyme: back rooms
hold gamblers who live on greed and control
so what looks free pays a terrible toll.
Copyright © 2014 S.L.Chast