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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.

Director:

Sylvain Chomet

Writers:

Sylvain Chomet (adaptation), Jacques Tati (original screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Jean-Claude Donda Jean-Claude Donda ... The Illusionist / French Cinema Manager (voice)
Eilidh Rankin Eilidh Rankin ... Alice (voice)
Duncan MacNeil Duncan MacNeil ... Additional Voices (voice)
Raymond Mearns Raymond Mearns ... Additional Voices (voice)
James T. Muir James T. Muir ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tom Urie Tom Urie ... Additional Voices (voice)
Paul Bandey ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

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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Animation | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | UK

Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Illusionisten See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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Box Office

Budget:

£11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£164,950 (United Kingdom), 22 August 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,594, 24 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,231,474

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,007,194
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Features Mon Oncle (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Chanson Illusionist
Written & Composed by Sylvain Chomet
Published by Django Films Ltd
Performed by Didier Gustin, Jil Aigrot, and Frédéric Lebon
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Animated Simplicity
6 February 2011 | by jonnyhaveySee all my reviews

Simplicity is a very interesting word that is defined in many ways. "The Illusionist" is a film that is synonymous with this word and is a visual representation of the art of simplicity. Nominated for every major best Animated Feature Film award including a 2011 Oscar Nomination birth, "The Illusionist" is more than just one of the best-animated films of the year. Will it win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film? Probably not just because "Toy Story 3" went on a record breaking spree within the animation genre, however, "The Illusionist" is just as good as "Toy Story 3" if not a little better. The film is based off of a script written in the late 1950s by a French, mime, actor, and director named Jacques Tati, but was forgotten about until Director Syvain Chomet picked up the script and ran with it producing an 80 minute animated masterpiece. The film follows the travels of a French Illusionist from town to town looking for work while performing his artistic magician craft in small shows. However, his profession is lost within the changing entertainment era causing him to lose hope, until one day while traveling in Scotland he met a young girl named Alice. Alice changes his life with her belief that he is actually a real magician seeing through the illusion of magic and personifying it into being. The Illusionist becomes a father or grandfather figure to her as they grow together down very separate paths.

The simplicity of the film goes hand in hand with the authenticity and depth of the very easy to watch story. The animation is 2D brilliance with every image on the screen having deeper meaning of some sort. The film uses its filmatic space avoiding lulls and capturing the viewer's attention with its very short run time. This is achieved by the craft of Director Chomet who has created a picture that is so well done it does not even feel like its animated. This can be attributed to cinematography used with the animation. A camera seems as if it is filming the film almost as an alternative reality in a medium that would not of been as effective if it had not been animated. Authenticity is evident even with the minimal dialogue acting a throwback to a simpler era; silent film. It does not rely on its dialogue at all spreading it few and far between, however, when there is dialogue it is true to the setting and the nature of the film. It is in French and guess what? There aren't any annoying subtitles.

For some viewers the fact that the film is in French and that there aren't subtitles (I bet the DVD/Blu-Ray will have the option) it may be very frustrating. Also, this is not necessarily a kids movie. Kids will enjoy the magic behind "The Illusionist", but will not appreciate it as much as adults because of the immense amount of symbolism in the film.

Contemporary film seems to be all about glamor, special effects, and money leading to the creation of hit or miss films. However, film as an art is much simpler than that, which is a metaphor that resonates within the must see film "The Illusionist". Remember simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.


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