DILILI IN PARIS – Review by Sheila Roberts

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Writer/director Michel Ocelot’s stylish, computer-animated period adventure, Dilili In Paris, follows the escapades of a surprisingly sophisticated young girl of color who performs on stage in a cultural display in Belle Epoque Paris. When her show ends, the inquisitive Dilili decides to explore the stunning city where she looks forward to making new friends. She befriends a young Parisian courier named Orel who offers to give her a tour of the City of Lights which has been plagued recently by a serious crime wave in which young girls are being abducted by the enigmatic Male Masters.

Dilili is adventuresome, fearless, ambitious and whip smart. The well-mannered heroine never forgets her etiquette and delights in meeting the people Orel introduces her to along his delivery route. Many of them are among the most extraordinary cultural figures, artists and scientists of the era — from Marcel Proust, Claude Monet, and Marie Curie to Louis Pasteur, Erik Satie and Sarah Bernhardt.

The duo sets out to restore safety to the City of Lights by unraveling the mystery of the Male Masters, who we discover are a misogynistic group opposed to the emancipation of women. Dilili and Orel solicit help from their influential friends to rescue the kidnapped girls and bring the criminals to justice. This captivating, lyrical film features colorful 2D characters set against a photo-realistic backdrop of famous Parisian neighborhoods and landmarks. Ocelot takes us on a gorgeously rendered tour of Paris accompanied by a delightful score by Gabriel Yared. His inspiring, empowering story will appeal to children and adults alike. This French-German-Belgium production won France’s prestigious Cesar Award for Best Animated Film in 2018.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dilili in Paris is AWFJ’s Movie of the Week for October 11, 2019

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Sheila Roberts

Sheila Roberts is a Native Angeleno and alum of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television where I graduated with Masters degrees in Producing and Cinema & Media Studies. Over the years, she has written about film and entertainment for Collider, MoviesOnline, Hollywood News Wire, MovieScope Magazine, and Cineplex Entertainment, among other outlets.