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The Illusionist

The Illusionist
The Illusionist

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79 minutes




English / French / Gaelic


Tatischeff is an old-fashioned magician, a master of rabbit-in-a-hat and card tricks. Sadly for him, audiences have moved on, preferring more modern forms of entertainment. His search for someone, anyone, to see his act takes him from France to the distant Scottish isles, and eventually to Edinburgh. Along the way he meets Alice, a young girl who really does believe in magic, and the two become friends. Although Tatischeff struggles to make a living, his true magical gift is that of spreading kindness. Made by Belleville Rendez-Vous director Sylvain Chomet from a script by the late legendary French comedian Jacques Tati, this is a beautiful animated and mostly dialogue-free film, if a little sad.


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Contains a scene of aborted suicide and images of smoking.

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