Weeview: The Illusionist

The Illusionist (2010, directed by Sylvain Chomet)

The animation geniuses behind Triplets of Belleville turn an unproduced Jacques Tati script into a heartbreaking elegy to getting older and feeling that the world had left you behind. A past-his-prime vaudeville magician, struggling to find work in the late '50s as rock and roll sweeps Britain, takes a young girl under his wing as he tries to scratch out a living in Edinburgh. The signature moment of the film involves the main character, an animated version of Tati, stumbling into a screening of Mon Oncle, but the film is chock-full of bittersweet charm and humor.

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