Watch The Illusionist
- 1 hr 30 min
The Illusionist is a French and British animated comedy that was written by Henri Marquet and Sylvain Chomet, who also directed the movie. Based upon a story by Jacques Tati, the film features Jean-Claude Donda and Eilidh Rankinthe. The story begins in 1959 and follows a hapless illusionist (known as Tatischeff) whose employment and popularity in Paris is dwindling. He decides to pack up his things including a very bad tempered rabbit to move to London. After arriving, he becomes largely unimportant and is relegated as an act following a rock band. His pride is wounded, but he decides he has nothing to lose and does gigs at small cafes, bars, parties and private gatherings. At one point, he goes on a long trip to Iona in Inner Hebrides - a remote island in Scotland, after being invited by a drunken friend. The pub there was so off the grid that it had just gotten electricity. He and his rabbit seem to be well received for a while. The illusionist comes upon Alice, a young girl - after living in a room above the pub. Alice is charmed by his kind gestures and abilities and he gives her a pair of red shoes. But after entertainment competition his business dwindles even more. The illusionist does not have the courage to tell Alice or anyone else that he is struggling. So he gives until there is nothing left for him to give. Alice becomes involved with a young man and the illusionist realizes that he must move on. He leaves her a letter explaining that ultimately, magicians are non-existent and Alice then moves in with her boyfriend. At times, the illusionist looks at a photo with longing throughout the film. However, it is never clear what exactly is in the picture. On a final trip on the train, the illusionist views the picture one last time. A photo appears at the film's end, dedicating the movie to the author's daughter.