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Ernest & Celestine
Ernest et Célestine

The tale of an unlikely friendship that spans worlds and species, this exquisitely crafted animated feature — an Official Selection at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival® — is based on the popular children’s books by Belgian author Gabrielle Vincent, and brilliantly recreates the series’ lush and expressive watercolour illustrations under the supervision of principal director Benjamin Renner.

Forced to put aside her budding artistic inclinations to devote herself to her training as a dentist, spirited, orphaned young mouse Celestine longs to experience something beyond the humdrum work of denture fittings and teeth cleanings. Meanwhile, far above the subterranean world of the mice is the parallel world of the bears, where Ernest, a reclusive and curmudgeonly musician-poet, lives in a secluded woodland cottage, only venturing out when his growling stomach forces him into town to find his next meal. It is well-known that mice and bears are never to mingle, so when Ernest and Celestine unexpectedly cross paths and form an unlikely but inseparable friendship, it naturally incites the disapproval of their respective town elders. Will the new friends’ unshakable bond be powerful enough to topple the long-standing barriers between their two worlds?

The enchanting voice work of Lambert Wilson (Of Gods and Men) as the grumpy but affable Ernest and Pauline Brunner as the tenacious Celestine brings the characters to vivid life, and breathes a rich emotional tone into this tale that makes it sparkle with wit and charm. An epic adventure full of friendship, humour, and suspense, and carried along by the rhythms of a lively jazz soundtrack, Ernest & Celestine is destined to be a classic.


"Ernest and Celestine is a charming animated feature inspired by Belgium writer-illustrator Gabrielle Vincent's wholesome children's books of the same name." - Leslie Felperin, Variety

"A delightfully old-fashioned kid’s flick with a meaningful message." —Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

Director: Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier
Cast: Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner
Year: 2012
Runtime: 80 minutes
Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg
Language: French
Distributor: Mongrel Media

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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