Belle is a both visually and thematically stunning animated science fiction fantasy film that follows 17-year-old high school student Suzu and her coming-of-age in the age of social media. Living in a rural village with her father, Suzu becomes a celebrity in “U”, a virtual world of five billion members on the Internet. In U, Suzu meets a mysterious creature. Belle, which debuted in the Premieres section of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival is the latest work by the animation master Mamoru Hosoda, who, following the Digimon series at Toei, established his own studio Chizu where he last made Mirai.