Before we leave Simon, I must tell you about a film that he showed us. It is called Belleville Rendez-vous or (in American) The Triplets of Belleville. Technically it is a cartoon but Bill and I loved it. It was very apropos, being in part about cycling in the Tour de France, which had just passed through Simon's village when we were there.
I think it's really about the love of a grandma for her grandson and about the resilience of three old ladies. It is French, but anyone can understand it. The drawings of the city of Belleville are spectacular, I enjoyed the music and it is set in the inter-war period, so how could I not love it?
You can watch the French trailer here. The American trailer is here.