La Vieille dame et les pigeons

This short has an original storyline: Sylvain Chomet puts hiss grotesque characters into a world all of their own, where the gendarme fantasises about food, is irritated by pigeons, and eventually dresses up as one of the birds himself to continually visit the old lady for slap-up meals.
Like Les Triplettes de Belleville, this reveals in its quirky, hand-drawn detail and characterisation.
What especially distinguishes Chomet is the fearlessness of his singular point of view. In an age of cultural timidity, Chomet frankly deals in clich├ęs as well as in caricatures about nationality. But all this is done with so much cleverness and so little malice that it's impossible to do anything but smile.



Although this short is silent, language isn't missed because of Chomet's gift for creating characters that almost magically articulate in body language and facial expression makes dialogue seem superfluous.
If the Old Lady remind you of Les Triplettes de Belleville's Madame Souza, you're right. Originally there isn't Madame Souza, but a second film "The Old Lady and the Bicycles". But the producer of this short asked to Chomet too many money for the copyrigh of the Old Lady. Personally I think Madame Souza brought us a great deal more than the original Old Lady would have done.
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