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Parents' Guide to

Dilili in Paris

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Historical Parisian adventure is entertaining but uneven.

Movie PG 2019 95 minutes
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age 5+

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Ocelot's homage to Belle Epoque Paris is entertaining, but it's also unevenly dubbed into English and has a divisive animated style. Teen and adult Francophiles or history buffs will particularly enjoy visiting the who's who of fin de siècle stars of the arts, letters, and sciences. The vibrant salon and nightlife culture of the early 1900s -- and, of course, Orel's convenient job -- make it easy for the friends to zip from neighborhood to neighborhood in search of ever more legendary figures. Of course, Orel and Dilili also stand out, since she's a tiny indigenous Kanak girl running around with an impossibly tall French fellow.

Dilili in Paris' visuals may not work for everyone; sometimes the action feels too flat against the photorealistic backgrounds. And the cadence and style of the English dialogue may seem stilted to some. Considering the mature themes in the second half of the movie, it's hard not to think it would have been much better to see the film in the original French with English subtitles. Despite these flaws, lovers of Paris and historical fiction will be fascinated with the Forrest Gump-like way in which Dilili and Orel experience the city, as will older tweens and teens who appreciate mysteries (even though this one is a bit unexpectedly Handmaid's Tale-ish in nature).

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