Monday, July 18, 2011

The Illusionist

Just saw this low-key masterpiece of animation. It's a 2010 British-French animated comedy-drama film directed by Sylvain Chomet, who also did the highly accaimed The Triplets of Belleville. This animation piece not only lives up to the quality of Triplets, but even surpasses it. It's a story set in 1950s Europe about an aging magician and his friendship with a young teen age girl who believes his tricks are real. It's very subdued in tone and full of the angst that marked The Triplets. I really recommend this one, and you can check out the reviews. And that last scene tell us so much about the personality and motivation of the magician.

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