The Illusionist (2010)
- Release Date:
Dec 25, 2010
The Illusionist movie synopsis: (French: L'Illusionniste) is a 2010 animated film directed by Sylvain Chomet. The film is based on an unproduced script that the French mime, director and actor Jacques Tati had written in 1956. Controversy surrounds Tati's motivation for the script, which was written in collaboration with his long term writing partner Henri Marquet, between writing for the films Mon Oncle and Playtime.The main character is an animated version of Tati animated by Laurent Kircher.The plot revolves around a struggling illusionist who visits an isolated community and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician.Originally intended by Tati to be set in Czechoslovakia Chomet relocated the movie to Scotland in the late 1950s.According to the director, It's not a romance, it's more the relationship between a dad and a daughter.Additional Notes: The Illusionist is one of a dying breed of stage entertainers. With emerging rock stars stealing his thunder, he is forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theatres, at garden parties and in bars and cafés. However, whilst performing in a village pub off the west coast of Scotland, he encounters Alice, an innocent young girl, who will change his life forever.
Watching his performance to the excited villagers who are celebrating the arrival of electricity to their remote island, Alice becomes awestruck by our hero and believes his tricks are real magic. Following him to Edinburgh, she keeps his home while he goes to work in a small local theatre. Enchanted by her enthusiasm for his act, he rewards her with increasingly lavish gifts he has ‘conjured’ into existence. Desperate not to disappoint her, he cannot bring himself to reveal that magic does not exist and that buying these gifts is driving him to ruin.
But as Alice comes of age, she finds love and moves on. The Illusionist no longer has to pretend and, untangled from his own web of deceit, resumes his life as a travelling entertainer, a much wiser man..