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The perfect film for family viewing: Belleville Rendez-Vous revisited

Featuring the most endearing grandmother in film history, Sylvain Chomet's pungently original and powerfully charming animation should have won an Oscar

The tiny, indefatigable, club-footed grandmother Madame de Souza on drums, with a trio of singing crones, in Sylvain Chomet’s masterful Belleville Rendez-Vous

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