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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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Cast overview:
Jean-Claude Donda ...
The Illusionist / French Cinema Manager (voice)
Eilidh Rankin ...
Alice (voice)
Duncan MacNeil ...
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Raymond Mearns ...
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James T. Muir ...
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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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£11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

When the Illusionist is performing at the Scottish pub, one of the patrons in the foreground, near the middle of the frame, is the famous "Young Girl and Old Woman" optical illusion. See more »

Goofs

Despite being set in 1959/1960, the Scottish Police motorcycles have 'American-style' sirens, which were not introduced until the 1980s. See more »

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

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References Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »

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My Girl Blue
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You won't find a 2010 movie more visually beautiful than this one.
6 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

Based on an unpublished script by Jacques Tati, The Illusionist follows a magician named Tatischeff, a man whose art form of illusion is dying. He begins taking any job that comes along his way, and even while in Scotland, is accompanied by a young girl named Alice. Tatischeff and Alice develop a sort of father/daughter bond, and Tatischeff ponders his own life as well.

The film is directed by Sylvain Chomet, the man probably best known for his 2003 animated art-house feature The Triplets of Belleville. One thing that I simply adore about The Illusionist is that Chomet follows closely to the phrase "Actions speak louder than words." The film's dialogue is minimal, and for it's storytelling relies almost entirely on animation, body language, and a simple, but beautiful musical score written by Chomet himself.

This isn't even mentioning the animation style itself. I've seen many 2010 movies, but The Illusionist is easily the most gorgeous. The characters are given fluid and realistic movements, and the ambient surroundings of the city and hillsides are outstanding examples of art-direction. I practically had to suppress the tears (And no, I'm not kidding).

You may find a movie you like better than The Illusionist, but frankly, I don't think you'll be able to find a SINGLE. DAMN. MOVIE. more beautiful than this one.

I give it ***1/2 out of ****


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