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The Life Pursuit
Studio album by
Released6 February 2006
GenreIndie pop
LabelRough Trade
ProducerTony Hoffer
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Belle and Sebastian was originally an anime series that aired in Japan, which was based on a novel by Cecile Aubry called Belle et Sebastien. It ran on Nick Jr during its days as a children's block from the day that Nick Jr was first created, January 4, 1988, until September 1, 1989.

The Life Pursuit is the seventh studio album by Scottish indie pop band Belle & Sebastian. It was released in Europe on 6 February 2006 by Rough Trade Records and in North America on 7 February 2006 by Matador Records.

The models on the album cover are Alex Klobouk, Natasha Noramly, and Marisa Privitera.[1]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The A.V. ClubA−[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
The Guardian[6]
Rolling Stone[10]

The album earned the band its most successful chart performance yet, reaching #8 in the UK Album Chart and #65 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, selling 20,485 units in the first week. The Life Pursuit has been certified Silver in the UK. Lead single 'Funny Little Frog' reached the top 20 of the UK Single Charts in January 2006, becoming the band's highest charting to date. 'The Blues Are Still Blue' was released as the second single in April of that same year managing to peak inside the top 40. 'White Collar Boy' was released as the last single in June peaking inside the top 50 of the same chart. Furthermore, 'We Are the Sleepyheads' was used in MTV2 adverts. In 2009, Pitchfork named the album the 86th greatest of the 2000s.[13]

The Life Pursuit has sold 112,000 units in US. [14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Belle & Sebastian.

1.'Act of the Apostle'2:55
2.'Another Sunny Day'4:04
3.'White Collar Boy'3:20
4.'The Blues Are Still Blue'4:08
5.'Dress Up in You'4:23
6.'Sukie in the Graveyard'3:00
7.'We Are the Sleepyheads'3:33
8.'Song for Sunshine'4:06
9.'Funny Little Frog'3:08
10.'To Be Myself Completely'3:17
11.'Act of the Apostle II'4:20
12.'For the Price of a Cup of Tea'3:19
13.'Mornington Crescent'5:40
iTunes bonus tracks
14.'Blue Eyes of a Millionaire'4:25
15.'I Took a Long Hard Look'3:36
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Chart (2006)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15]45
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16]56
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17]41
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18]86
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[19]47
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[20]32
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[21]25
French Albums (SNEP)[22]72
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23]35
Italian Albums (FIMI)[24]56
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[25]16
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[26]46
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[27]20
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[28]56
UK Albums (OCC)[29]8
US Billboard 200[30]65


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  2. ^'Reviews for The Life Pursuit by Belle and Sebastian'. Metacritic. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  3. ^Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. 'The Life Pursuit – Belle and Sebastian'. AllMusic. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  4. ^Phipps, Keith (8 February 2006). 'Belle And Sebastian: The Life Pursuit'. The A.V. Club. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  5. ^Greenblatt, Leah (6 February 2006). 'The Life Pursuit'. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  6. ^Petridis, Alexis (3 February 2006). 'Belle and Sebastian, The Life Pursuit'. The Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  7. ^'Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit'. Mojo (148): 92. February 2006.
  8. ^Snodgrass, James (27 January 2006). 'Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit'. NME. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  9. ^Hogan, Marc (5 February 2006). 'Belle And Sebastian: The Life Pursuit'. Pitchfork. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  10. ^Ringen, Jonathan (7 February 2006). 'The Life Pursuit'. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  11. ^Harris, Keith (February 2006). 'Belle and Sebastian: The Life Pursuit'. Spin. 22 (2): 86. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  12. ^'Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit'. Uncut (106): 91. March 2006.
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  21. ^'Belle and Sebastian: The Life Pursuit' (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
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Belle and Sebastian
Directed byNicolas Vanier
Produced byFrédéric Brillion
Gilles Legrand
Clément Miserez
Matthieu Warter
Screenplay byJuliette Sales
Fabien Suarez
Nicolas Vanier
Based onBelle et Sébastien
by Cécile Aubry
StarringFélix Bossuet
Tchéky Karyo
Margaux Châtelier
Music byArmand Amar
CinematographyÉric Guichard
Edited byStéphanie Pedelacq
Raphaele Urtin
Radar Films
Epithète Films
M6 Films
Rhône-Alpes Cinéma
Distributed byGaumont
  • 18 December 2013
104 minutes
Budget€10.43 million[1]
Box office$35.7 million[1]

Belle and Sebastian (French: Belle et Sébastien) is a 2013 French adventuredrama film directed by Nicolas Vanier. It was based on the novel Belle et Sébastien by Cécile Aubry.[2] A sequel to the film, Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues, was released on 9 December 2015.


In the French Alps, during the year 1943, Sébastien is a seven year old orphan boy living with César, an adoptive 'grandfather' and his niece, Angélina. The unusual little family lives in the small village of Saint-Martin, whose inhabitants, despite the German occupation, secretly organize the passage of Jewish exiles into Switzerland. The village is also plagued by a mysterious 'Beast' who preys on the flocks of the shepherds and the inhabitants, including César's animals.

Sébastien is a very lonely child who is suffering from the absence of his mother. He believes that she migrated 'to America, just over the mountains', and spends all his days in the mountains. One day, on the way home, he meets a huge dog, wild and completely discredited: it is the so-called 'Beast'. Sébastien is not slow to make friends with the animal, a female livestock guardian dog, and names her 'Belle' because he is struck by her beauty after she is cleaned up from the mud that she was coated with. Sébastien decides to keep his friendship with Belle a secret to protect her.

Meanwhile, a German patrol, commanded by the ambiguous Lieutenant Peter Braun, arrives in Saint-Martin to put an end to the secret escape route of the Jews. Sébastien, during one of his trips along with Belle, collides with two of the soldiers; Belle responds by attacking and injuring one of the soldiers. Lieutenant Braun orders the mayor of Saint-Martin to arrange a hunt to track down and kill the 'Beast'. Meanwhile, César discovers Sébastien's secret and is horrified. Knowing that Sébastien will try to prevent Belle from being shot, César gives the boy the wrong directions to the hunting area. But he is still able to interfere, at least for a while. Then César takes him out of the area, while the hunt goes on. César and the village men manage to find and hurt Belle. Sébastien escapes confinement, and finds the wounded dog and tries to help her. He is now furious with César, but asks for help from Dr. Guillaume, the village doctor and Angélina's boyfriend. After an initial hesitation, (and being prodded with a con from Sébastien) he agrees to treat Belle and saves her life.

Unbeknownst to Sébastien, Dr. Guillaume is also the one who is responsible for escorting the Jews to the Swiss border. One evening, the doctor hides a family in a cave prior to a trip to the border, when the sound of wolves is heard in the valley. The doctor goes out as the wolves start causing a ruckus in the sheepfold. Guillaume slips and falls into the sheepfold as Belle bounds down out of nowhere and drives off the wolves. The doctor sits up and moans: his ankle is broken, he cannot walk. He finds a sled, lies down on it, and starts pawing his way to town when Belle stops him, picks up the rope, and begins to tow him. She takes him to Angélina's house where everyone except Sébastien and Guillaume is surprised by the dog. César instantly apologizes to Sébastien for wanting to kill Belle.

Guillaume, who is now injured, can no longer lead the Jews, and his place is taken by Angélina and Sébastien, who followed her and sneaked into the cave behind her. The boy befriends Esther, the daughter of the two refugees that Guillaume was to escort, and by talking with her, he discovers that César lied to him about where America truly is. That evening, Sébastien creeps back into town and sneaks into the schoolhouse to look at a map. Later, César discovers him in the schoolhouse and reveals the truth: his mother died while giving birth to him. César was present by chance and agreed to take care of Sébastien; he has so far been silent or preferring to lie to protect him. Sébastien is sad, but now he knows he can always count on César and he makes peace with him. It is Christmas Eve, and César gives him a treasured gift: a pocket watch with a compass.

Meanwhile, the Germans realize that some Jews might try to escape on Christmas Day, and begin to scour the mountain passes. Angélina and the Jews leave the cave, but the trip is cut short by Lieutenant Braun. He shouts to her, and she herds the family faster up the mountain. He shouts to her again, but all of them are suddenly overwhelmed by an avalanche caused by his shouts. Lt. Braun, when dug out of the snow, surprisingly warns her to take another route to reach the border because his soldiers are patrolling the mountain. Angélina is moved, and kisses the man.

The only possible way now is dangerous and full of crevasses; Sébastien boasts that Belle, thanks to her sense of smell, will guide them. Not without difficulty, Belle, Sébastien and Angélina manage to escape from the Germans and to bring the Jews to Switzerland, where they are greeted by a local guide. Here, Angélina reveals that she will go on to England to help win the war. She promises Sébastien that she will return once it's all over, leaving Belle and Sébastien to walk back home alone. The Swiss guide questions her if she is sure that he is able to make such a long, difficult journey on his own, but Angélina, in tears, replies that Sébastien is not all alone.


  • Félix Bossuet as Sébastien
  • Tchéky Karyo as César
  • Margaux Châtelier as Angélina
  • Dimitri Storoge as Docteur Guillaume
  • Andreas Pietschmann as Lieutenant Peter Braun
  • Urbain Cancelier as The Mayor
  • Mehdi El Glaoui as André
  • Andrée Damant as Célestine
  • Paloma Palma as Esther
  • Karine Adrover as Esther's Mother
  • Loïc Varraut as Esther's Father
  • Jan Oliver Schroeder as Soldier Hans
  • Tom Sommerlatte as Soldier Erich
  • Pasquale D'Inca as The Butcher
  • Eric Soubelet as Fabien


In less than a week in Italy, 'Belle and Sebastian' was awarded first place at the box office, grossing a total of €4.5 million. The facts narrated in the film are taken from the stories of French writer Cecil Aubry, who were then transported to the small screen as the TV series 60, in black and white. Later, in the 80s, 'Belle and Sebastian' also became a long series of Japanese cartoons, including the film's director, Nicolas Vanier, was an avid fan. 'As a child I was completely crazy in the TV series Belle and Sebastian, which is why, when I was offered this project, I was very intimidated! For me it was not a corny TV series, but a long series of episodes of one more beautiful 'other. Accept to make a film adaptation was a big challenge. When I was contacted by the production, suddenly everything I had tried watching Belle and Sébastien had awakened and felt compelled to make this film the best'.

And it is this passion for the two protagonists come out of the mind of Cecil Aubry, who Vanier, welcomes the proposal of the manufacturers make a new version on the true story that has enthralled generations: one of the novelties in the movie, for example, is to have the story set during the Second World War, which, however, in the cartoon is completely out of historical context.

In addition Vanier, has been able to perfectly recreate the visual field along the scenic tall mountains and vast (also the main protagonists of the film) and you are not limited to telling the original story, but it has enriched, taking cue to give life to his new staff and transposition, where the most interesting aspect, is due to the shots of the landscape that reveal the past of a documentary filmmaker.

Félix Bossuet, the boy who plays the main role, was chosen from more than 2,400 children from the same director candidates because of a 'lightning strike' as stated by Vanier.



'Belle and Sebastian' was awarded Best Film in 2014 at the Children KinoFest, an international film festival in Ukraine.[3]

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In July 2014, Gaumont greenlit a sequel film, directed by Christian Duguay, and reuniting screenwriters Sales and Suarez as well as cast members Bossuet, Karyo, Chatelier and Cancelier.[4]


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  2. ^Hawker, Philippa (1 July 2014). 'Belle & Sebastian review: A boy and his dog live the high life in French children's film'. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  3. ^'Чілдрен Кінофест'. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  4. ^Keslassy, Elsa (17 July 2014). 'Gaumont Greenlights Belle and Sebastien Sequel'. Variety. Retrieved 10 August 2015.

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