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Cinema: Also On Release This Week - A Monster In Paris

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A Monster In Paris

Published: 26 January, 2012
by DAN CARRIER

A Monster In Paris
Directed by Bibo Bergeron
Certificate: U

Rating: 3 Out Of 5 Stars

A huge rain-storm hit Paris in 1910, forcing the Seine to burst its banks, pushing rain water up out of sewers and drainage systems, and covering much of the city in water.

This is the starting point of this beautifully drawn but washed-up plot of a film. It has a set of quirky characters yet lacks the oomph in storytelling its animation deserves.

Emile (Sébastien Desjours) is a cinema projectionist in love with box office girl Maude (Ludivine Sagnier).

He and his chum Raoul, who happens to be in love with cabaret performer Lucille (Vanessa Paradis), decide to make a film.

They are then embroiled in a chemical leak that turns a flea into a 10ft tick who has a touch of the Gene Kellys about him (he can sing, he can dance).

An evil politician wishes to squish said flea, and the gang try to save him.

The streetscapes and period details are great with some catchy set-piece song and dance numbers by Paradis and Julian Lennon. But the story is a mess.

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