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The Illusionist
 
 
Directed by Sylvain Chomet, France 2010
79 mins. French, Gaelic and English dialogue with English sub-titles
 
Summary:
 
Magic tricks can't compete with rock 'n' roll in the 1950s, so a French illusionist finds himself touring Scotland's shabby pubs and run-down restaurants.  But things brighten for him when he meets Alice, a girl who believes his powers are real.  Together they travel to Edinburgh for a performance, but he doesn't have the heart to reveal that his feats are merely tricks, and risks financial ruin by giving her gifts supplied by his "magic."  Superb animated feature based on an unproduced script by Jacques Tati.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"An engrossing love letter to fans of adult animation, 'The Illusionist' offers a fine antidote to garish mainstream fare."  (Rotten Tomatoes website)

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