The Illusionist


Sylvain Chomet creates a charming ode to a simpler time from Jacques Tati's script

The Illusionist review

Not to be confused with Edward Norton’s Prestige wannabe, this winning animation from Belleville Rendez-Vous director Sylvain Chomet is an enchanting love letter to Jacques Tati.

Based on one of his unmade scripts, it tells of an ageing conjuror who travels to Scotland to ply his trade and winds up with a naïve waitress in his thrall.

It's a hand-drawn antidote to digital ’toonery and the largely wordless script dispenses with sassy pop-culture references.

Even at a slender 87 minutes, however, there’s not quite enough story to justify a full-length treatment.

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