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The Illusionist (2010)

L'illusionniste (original title)
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A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Jean-Claude Donda ...
The Illusionist / French Cinema Manager (voice)
Eilidh Rankin ...
Alice (voice)
Duncan MacNeil ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Raymond Mearns ...
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James T. Muir ...
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Tom Urie ...
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Details the story of a dying breed of stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars. Forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theaters, garden parties and bars, he meets a young fan who changes his life forever. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Illusionisten  »

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Budget:

£11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,594 (USA) (24 December 2010)

Gross:

$2,231,024 (USA) (6 May 2011)
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Trivia

When Jacques tries to hide from the girl, he ends up in a theater, The Cameo, where Mon Oncle (1958) by Jacques Tati is shown. "L'illusionniste"'s script was first written by Tati, whose figure and character was taken to create the main character Jacques Tatischeff (Tati's original name). See more »

Goofs

Taxis shown in London and Edinburgh are the FX4 type common from 1958 to the present day. However, the design of the rear lights being a long oval, which in real life include the rear direction indicators, was not introduced until 1968. At the time of the film's setting the rear lights were small red units, roughly pyramid-shaped, and the direction indicators were situated on the roof of the car (and stuck out, like 'ears'). See more »

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At the end of the final credits, there's a short bonus scene. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.3 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Molly Jean
Written & Composed by Malcolm Ross
Published by Django Films Ltd
Performed by "The Britoons"
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Beautifully made but plot lacking colour.
16 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I went to go see this film at the Edinburgh Film Festival there was a big buzz surrounding it. People were enthralled that a movie would focus so much on the city, but did it do Edinburgh justice?

A few minutes into the movie Edinburgh comes into picture. Set in the 1950's we see a quiet and very quaint Edinburgh. It features heavily on many of the monuments still present today and I love the way we see the architecture unaffected by modern builds. It made me wish I lived back then. The 3D shot that encapsulates all of Edinburgh in one go, is mind-blowing.

However, as much as I loved seeing Edinburgh in the wonderful rich colours of detail, I was disappointed by the rather gloomy feel to the movie. Yes, it has its charming moments, especially with the merry, drunk Scotsman character, but much of the side plots and main plots I feel are a tad melancholy which in turn, sobered my experience of the film.

The little dialogue (mainly in French and Gaelic; I don't understand either) is pretty easy to follow, but during the end of the film I was left cold when I misunderstood small phrases. It did frustrate me a little, but it led me to interpret the film differently, giving an ambiguous feel to an overall very charming and impressive piece of animation.


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