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  • Warning: Spoilers
    The adventure continues. It only took two years (and a new director) for a second film on young Sébastien and his loyal dog Belle. World War II was a crucial plot point in the first film, but for this 95-minute sequel here, wartime is over. It starts in fall 1945 with a major character from the first film being in a plane crash. The rest of the film is all about the title duo trying to rescue her. It's a long route though until they finally succeed. They make new friends and also meet new family members actually. The film is a lot about the title character's relationship to his dad whom he has never met before. I must say I liked this part. Thierry Neuvic is a worthy addition to the franchise. And it adds some nice heart to the story. What I also liked was Belle of course, such a beautiful animal and even if this film is not really about her, in contrast to the first, she is still in almost all the scenes from start to finish. I just want to touch her soft white fur.

    There was nothing really bad about the film. Yes there were some issues with predictability or realism at times, but it was nowhere near bad enough to leave a lasting negative impression. Sadly, also Tchéky Karyo's character was underused in this film and honestly, he would not have been missed if his scenes were left out completely. The comedy with his journey to finding Sébastien and dad mostly relied on him talking down to his companion on this journey, a helper to Sébastien's father at the hangar. What I liked about this movie is that we also see some other animals, not only Belle, during several scenes. They do not play a role whatsoever, but goats and rabbits for example are always cute to look at. And there was even one impressive scene with a bear. You are not alone this year, Hugh Glass!

    All in all, I did not enjoy this one as much as the first film, but this is only because the first one was really great and this sequel here is merely good. The true relevance in terms of the story is missing. There was simply nothing that came close to the war references in the first film or also to story about Belle being a dangerous beast. However, this second movie managed to score with a nice father-son relationship story instead. And it was top-notch visually again for sure with the beautiful mountain landscapes. Thylane Blondeau (apparently especially impressive as this was her very first performance) was a nice addition too playing a major supporting character here. The intention was for sure to make this film also appealing to girls and they may identify with her story of being stuck between acting like a boy and being a girl. A handful really nice components in here. I recommend this movie to everybody who liked the first and that includes grown-ups like myself. Thumbs up.
  • This sequel to the already fine film from 2013 reunite us with Sebastien and his beautiful canine companion belle 2 years after the original.War is finally over and Angelina is heading home to Cesar and Sebastien but her plane crash.Everyone believes she his dead but Cesar and Sebastien who enlist the help of Sebastien biological dad in order to find her. It's a question of taste but I personally has found this follow up more interesting.The first one was nice but character development took a back seat for the war storyline, I never felt it really got into the skin of little Sebastien and Belle but this time Belle and Sebastien is really deserving of it's title as the two are now the true heroes of this film and it has a much bigger emotional core because of the Father/Son meeting for the first time and them bonding as the story progress. The new director does a great job, the cinematography still deliver the beauty of the Alpes and it really is a feel good film.The actors are all great, the little boy who play Sebastien is extremely natural and he his in a way a better actor then two years ago. However, I can't really recommend this film to people who have not watched the first film as it does not make any introduction of the characters, it really is a continuation (The second film in a trilogy). I enjoyed it greatly and am looking forward the third and final film.
  • If you want to see an interesting family movie then you should check it out. All the actors and especially the boy Sébastien delivered outstanding performances. The dog Belle is so lovely. The story is set between wonderful landscapes and in the time after the Second World War of the late 40ies. I spent really an entertaining evening with great magic moments. 7/10.
  • Belle and Sebastian: The Adventure Continues harnesses the charm of the first film and delivers a really enjoyable adventure in now post-war France.

    There is almost a Famous Five quality to these Belle and Sebastian films that I really like. Combine this with the touching boy-dog friendship and it's quite the heartwarming tale that can be hard to find these days.

    This time, Sebastian's aunt Angelina is returning home after two years away in the war - when her plane crashes. It's up to Belle and Sebastian to rescue her. The spectacular scenery and cinematography is breathtaking and perhaps my favourite aspect of these films.

    All the actors are great, but special mention should go to Felix Bossuet as Sebastian. The chemistry with him and dog Belle is a joy to watch and he manages to capture so much emotion with facial expression alone.

    The storyline became really far-fetched towards the end. It required the viewer to suspend all disbelief and logic. The big heart of the film and characters makes you look past many of these flaws though. A satisfying ending wrapped things up nicely.