Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin, Jean-Claude Donda / Animation / English, French
“Delightful ... thrilling ... a love letter to Scotland and Edinburgh in particular.” – Leslie Felperin, Variety.
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Producers: Bob Last, Sally Chomet
Exec Producers: Philippe Carcassonne, Jake Eberts
Scriptwriters: Jacques Tati, Sylvain Chomet
Editor: Sylvain Chomet
Sound Production: Jean Goudier
Music: Sylvain Chomet
Cast: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin, Jean-Claude Donda
#1/ Monday 14 June, 2010 / 00:16 GMTLook's amazing
#2/ Monday 14 June, 2010 / 15:04 GMTThe incredible real life tragic story behind Jacques Tati's The Illusionist that Sylvain Chomet spitefully would prefer the world not to know.
"Love letter to Edinburgh" certainly not what the author had intended.
#3/ Thursday 17 June, 2010 / 16:17 GMTLoved it, not an illusion, but sheer magic, a tale beautifully drawn and amusingly and poignantly told Was so entranced I almost forgot how uncomfortable my seat was! Walking home afterwards over North Bridge, looking with fresh eyes out over the castle, the roof of Waverley Station, Carlton Hill and the skyline in general - the Edinburgh I had just seen so beautifully portrayed - I felt really quite chokedl and lucky to live here.
#4/ Thursday 17 June, 2010 / 18:12 GMTSilent-ish - albeit with the odd, annoyingly generic multi-lingual aside (think that irritating 'Nichole? Papa? Citroen advert) - animated film about a 1950's magician's voyage from Paris to Edinburgh via the Sottish Islands and Highlands. The struggle to find and retain work in a dying craft is beautifully depicted, especially in the final moving sequences when he leaves his rabbit on Salisbury Crags, and a poignant note for his young hanger-on saying 'there are no magicians'. It looks great - as other reviews have said, a real love-letter to Edinburgh in particular, although it veered into 'tourism tv advert' territory rather too much for my liking. The strength is in the beautifully-nuanced period detail. However, some of the farcical vignettes were cliched and rather dull, and the lack of dialogue meant that the limited storyline failed to hold my attention at times (not helped by the 9.45pm start - why so late?). But I can see why it was chosen to open EIFF this year, and it's a definite feast for the eyes.
#5/ Sunday 20 June, 2010 / 16:08 GMTI need to see this movie?
#6 / Thursday 24 June, 2010 / 10:30 GMTCaptures Edinburgh's changing light skilfully, and looks wonderful, but the story is too slight, and the nuances and life an actor might have given the characters don't necessarily translate well to animation.
Would have made a delightful half hour visual feast, but even at a thrifty 83 minutes, it outstays its welcome slightly.
Plus the girl was an ungrateful brat, who never gets brought to task for her selfish behaviour, but that's life sometimes I guess.
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