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The Illusionist
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THE ILLUSIONIST

L'Illusionniste

Directed by Sylvain Chomet
France, United Kingdom, 2010
Animation, Drama

Synopsis

Aging musician Tatishcheff travels from France to the wilds of Scotland to tour his magic show. There, he and his feral rabbit befriend Alice, a young girl who believes in his magical abilities. As the gigs dry up, Tatischeff travels to Edinburgh and Alice runs away to join him in the big city.

Synopsis

Aging musician Tatishcheff travels from France to the wilds of Scotland to tour his magic show. There, he and his feral rabbit befriend Alice, a young girl who believes in his magical abilities. As the gigs dry up, Tatischeff travels to Edinburgh and Alice runs away to join him in the big city.

Our take

French animator Sylvain Chomet (Belleville Rendezvous) fashioned this exquisitely crafted hand-drawn animation, bearing more than a passing debt to the genius cinema of Jacques Tati. Adapted from an unproduced script of Tati’s, this wistful father-daughter drama is a magical homage to a master.