The Illusionist

April 11-12
The Illusionist
(France, 2010, 80 min)

Nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film award at the 2010 Oscars, The Illusionist is an exposé of a man and a woman looking for magic in the midst of an upcoming generation of nonbelievers. Original screenplay for The Illusionist was written by Jacques Tati, but the film was directed by Sylvain Chomet.   When the illusionist (Jean-Claude Donda) finds himself out of work, he travels to Scotland to perform magic at a local pub. There he meets a wide-eyed girl named Alice (Eilidh Rankin) whose awe at the illusionist’s sleight-of-hand inspires her to follow him back to Paris. Paris’s high fashion, extravagant dining, and elegant night clubs are the object of Alice’s eye. As the illusionist attempts to meet Alice’s wants,  he falls into debt leaving it difficult for him to suspend his or Alice’s belief in the reality that there might not be room for magic in this new rock-n-roll generation.