Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010)

Director: Sylvain Chomet. 80 min. Rated PG. UK/France. Animation.

An old magician becomes a nobody as he's drowned in the pop culture craze of his time. The gloomy story may sound repetitious, but watching any handmade animation from the creator of The Triplets of Belleville is a delight. The striking element in both this and Chomet's prior more superior feature, is the cartoonist's power in telling a story with almost no dialogue - and even the rare dialogue is understood without any subtitles. Ends with a poignant kiss of death: "Magicians don't exist." Even though we know they do.

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