MOVIE OF THE WEEK October 11, 2019: DILILI IN PARIS

Michel Ocelot’s Dilili in Paris isn’t your standard animated kids’ fare — not by a long shot. And that’s a good thing. With its sophisticated Belle Epoque setting and parade of cultural and artistic figures and references, it’s almost like taking a trip to a colorful, informative, interactive museum. Which is somewhat apropos, given that we first meet young Dilili (voiced by Prunelle Charles-Ambron) when she’s participating in a living cultural exhibit of the Kanak people.

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DILILI IN PARIS – Review by Jennifer Merin

Michel Ocelot’s distinctive style of animation and exposition has a simplicity and fluidity that allows for a beautifully rendered tour of Paris’ well known tourist spots, as well as the introduction of the leading cultural figures of the day and a surprising roster of other cultural references. And, all the while, there’s the mystery of the Male Masters, whose political leanings and agenda are, we learn, threateningly right wing and anti-female.

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DILILI IN PARIS – Review by Sheila Roberts

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.

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