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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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Les Follies
Composed by John Leach (as J. Leach) & George Fenton (as G. Fenton)
K Musik/Kpm Music
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Charm over content.
18 July 2010 | by markgormanSee all my reviews

It was my great privilege to be invited to the world premiere of Sylvain Chomet's follow up to Belleville Rendez-Vous.

Set in Edinburgh and produced by an old pal of mine, Bob Last, I had very high expectations indeed. Not least because it is not every day that one of the world's most beautiful cities (my own) would be caught in artful majesty for years to come. And indeed it was. Edinburgh is a real star of this charming but very slight movie.

The city shimmers throughout, but the story sadly does not. It reminded me of a novel by Irish writer, William Trevor, called Felicia's Journey in which a young girl is taken into the trust of an older man. In that book (and subsequent film starring Bob Hoskins) and this, there is a slight air of seediness. (That's maybe going too far in the case of The Illusionist but the comparison was palpable for me.) Why the protection? What are the man's motives? I found it mildly uncomfortable. The fact is, in neither case are the intentions, apparently, anything more than protective; but somehow the feeling persists in both that all may not be as it seems.

Belleville Rendez-Vous arrived on the film scene like a bolt from the blue. This, sadly, suffers from that difficult second film syndrome. It oozes class and charm from every pore. It looks sublime. But the story (a Jaques Tati cast off) fails to deliver. It simply does not have the muscle to sustain 90 minutes of screen time.

A real shame because it has a great deal of merit.

Heart? 8/10.

Head? 6/10


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