The Illusionist

Brought to us by Sylvain Chomet, the artistic genius behind The Triplets of Belleville and based on an unused script by Jacques Tati, this melancholy masterpiece reminds us of what real magic actually is. Our story starts in Paris back when the vaudeville era was coming to an end. Electricity, television and rock stars are taking over the entertainment market and there is little interest left for classic hocus pocus. The Illusionist is aging and as he travels from place to place, the venues get smaller and even his own rabbit seems to be against him. He goes to the Scottish Highlands, where he meets a young girl with whom he develops a strong friendship, largely based on her belief in his work. She keeps house for him and he ”conjures up” expensive gifts for her. But he is unable to tell her that he is not a real magician and the money is quickly running out. Much like The Triplets of Belleville, The Illusionist is played almost entirely without comprehensible dialogue. With its powerful imagery and elegant simplicity, it really is suitable for all ages – though maybe mostly for adults with a spark of magic left in them. Abracadabra!

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