Ernest & Celestine

Ernest & Celestine

By Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier - 1h16 - 2012 (France, Belgium, Luxembourg)
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Ernest & Celestine
Audience 5+

Synopsis

Celestine is a little mouse who lives in "the Underworld", i.e. under the ground. She lives in an orphanage where mice are forced to collect teeth lost by young children in the world above. But such work does not fulfil Celestine: she dreams of being a painter! One day, she runs away from the orphanage and meets Ernest, a fickle trickster of a bear living on the edge of society. The two become accomplices and friends and set up home together in the countryside. But the wicked people from the outside and underground worlds soon track them down...

Benshi's review
Benshi's review

Readers of the Ernest and Celestine books will love this, and so, too, will people discovering the pair for the first time! Daniel Pennac succeeds elegantly in bringing together our two childhood heroes in a reworked screenplay. The result is a delight for us all. Aimed at children and adults alike, this is a pure gem of a film, in terms both of the graphics and the script. The extremely likeable characters refuse to conform, preferring to stick to their uniqueness in a world full of orders that do not suit them. They find comfort and support in each other, helping them to pursue their passion and live their lives as they see fit. The watercolour drawings are faithful to the original books and add joy and gentleness to a screenplay already steeped in fantasy. But sadness and fear are also recurring emotions in this adaptation: evil is represented in a variety of forms (including dictatorial authority, the dark and unsettling underground world, the frightening orphanage manager, nightmares and more). A wide range of emotions unfurls in the course of Ernest and Celestine's tribulations and their unusual, ultimately uplifting odyssey! A superb adaptation that can be enjoyed as a family more than once.

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Top reasons to watch this film !

  • 1 The very skilfully recreated universe from the books
  • 2 The screenplay reworked by Daniel Pennac
  • 3 The fantasy aspect of the characters.

Who is it aimed at ?

From ages 5-6. In contrast to the books, which are aimed at the very young, some scenes, especially the ones in the orphanage, could upset younger viewers or those of heightened sensitivity.

Themes and topics

Animals Difference Poverty Painting Resistance
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