The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) - 2010 (PG)

Year of Release: 2010
Rated: PG
Director(s): Sylvain Chomet
Animation Studio: Pathé, Django Films, Cine B, Franc 3 Cinema
Approx. Running Time: 80 minutes
Format(s): BluRay/DVD Combo Pack
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)


From Back Cover:

"A Delicate Visual Style, Tender Humor and a Sense of Loss."
-Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

From the director of the Oscar-nominated classic The Triplets Of Belleville, (2003, Best Animated Feature and Best Music, Original Song) THE ILLUSIONIST is a story about two people whose paths cross. While touring concert halls, theatres and pubs, an aging, down-on-his-luck magician encounters a young girl at the start of her life's journey. Alice is a teenage girl with all her capacity for childish wonder still intact. She plays at being a woman without realizing the day to stop pretending is fast approaching. She doesn't know yet that she loves the illusionist like she would a father; he already knows that he loves her as he would a daughter. Their destinies will collide, but nothing - not even magic or the power of illusion - can stop the voyage of discovery.

My Comments:

A sad but beautiful film. Not quite brilliant and probably more 3.5 stars than 4. This is listed as "foreign language" but there is very little dialogue in it and the words are only incidental. It is essentially a silent picture.

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