The Illusionist

Rated PG 90 minutes 2010

Animator Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) pays homage to the late French comic auteur Jacques Tati with this nostalgic, sentimental, unabashedly weepy animated fable. A down-at-the-heels elderly magician touring the hinterlands more or less adopts a shy, backward teenage girl he meets at a tiny pub in Scotland, and attempts to bring some magic into her life – knowing there’s very little future for him. Chomet acknowledges (some might say lifts) many Tati motifs, including almost no dialogue, plentiful sight gags, and the wistful outlook from such films as Mon oncle and Jour de fête. Die-hard Tati devotees may or may not be pleased – there’s a bit of controversy with both Tati’s and Chomet’s own personal lives – but audiences with a taste for quietly observed sweetness are in for a treat. Tati’s original screenplay was adapted by Chomet. (90 min.)

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Director: Sylvain Chomet

Producer: Sally Chomet and Bob Last

Cast: Jean-Claude Donda and Eilidh Rankin


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