The Illusionist / L’Illusionniste
d. Sylvain Chomet / 2010 / France-UK / 89 mins
Cinema 1 @ Barbican (London, UK)
Beautifully animated, brilliantly related tale of a past-his-prime French magician, traipsing his way around mid-century Britain performing in music halls, variety theatres and pubs. Based on a story by Jacques Tati – who made his name playing the quintessential French caricature Monsieur Hulot – The Illusionist is shot through with his unmistakable brand of sublime, subtle, absurdist whimsy: from the gentle slapstick aloofness of Tatischeff the Magician to his maniacal white rabbit and the relentlessly glum London rain.
Just a short update this time around, but a highly recommended piece of animation.