Rated PG · 90 minutes · 2010

Animated, Drama
This animated film from director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) is based on a very old screenplay from long-deceased filmmaker Jacques Tati. It’s a sweet yet sad story about an aging magician who, looking for work, travels to Scotland with a young girl who is tagging along. (It’s a father-daughter type relationship, nothing creepy.) Like Belleville, The Illusionist is rich with little touches that go deeper than your average animated film. This is old-school, hand-drawn animation, which gives the film a sort of rustic, antique quality. Chomet gives his film very little dialogue, allowing the visuals to tell the story. In addition to directing and writing the screenplay, Chomet composed the score, which is no small feat, considering that it is an excellent blend of slow jazz and moody piano. It’s actually one of 2010’s better scores.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/theillusionist
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Producer: Sally Chomet and Bob Last
Cast: Jean-Claude Donda and Eilidh Rankin


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East Bay Express Cherished Illusions: Another Year and The Illusionist Mike Leigh and Sylvain Chomet race the clock. by Kelly Vance 01/12/2011
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