Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: The Illusionist

The Illusionist
Dir. Sylvain Chomet
Year: 2010
Aus Rating: PG
Running Time: 80mins

An 80-minute, hand-drawn animated French film without dialogue and with one of the most depressing finale acts ever committed to celluloid: this is The Illusionist. It’s also some sort of divine masterpiece. French animator Sylvain Chomet has adapted an unproduced Jacques Tati (the iconic late French comedian behind Mon Oncle and Playtime) screenplay from 1956 into this vividly realised, boutique piece of old-fashioned nostalgia. First seen at the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival, this timeless film is finally receiving a local release and it is one of the finest works seen on our screens this year.

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1 comment:

JA said...

Oh my god, the bunny! Why did you make me think of this movie, I am going to spend all morning crying about the bunny now.

(But yes, a beautiful heartbreaking little thing, it is.)