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A down-on-his-luck illusionist befriends a pretty admirer, and finds that his constant quest to impress her may be his ultimate downfall in this animated fable based on an original screenplay by [[Performer~P113699~Jacques Tati~jacquestati]] and directed by [[Performer~P271272~Sylvain Chomet~sylvainchomet]]. Now that the theaters and large performance venues have been taken over by rock bands and pop singers, the illusionist has been forced to ply his trade at small gatherings in bars, cafés, and basements in order earn a living. One day, while performing in a small Scottish pub located on a remote island that has only recently been wired for electricity, the illusionist encounters a young girl named Alice, who is captivated by his otherworldly abilities. Alice believes that the downtrodden performer possesses genuine supernatural powers, and agrees to accompany him on a trip to Edinburgh, where he's scheduled to perform at a modest, out-of-the-way theater. Her affection and enthusiasm inspire the illusionist, who in turn uses his talent to lavish her with a series of extravagant gifts. Unable to muster the courage to tell his starry-eyed admirer the truth about his trade, the illusionist continues giving until he's got nothing more to offer. This picture marked [[Performer~P271272~Chomet~sylvainchomet]]'s first following the 2003 arthouse smash [[Feature~V288976~The Triplets of Belleville~thetripletsofbelleville]]. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 2010

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Sylvain Chomet Spotlight Award 2010 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sylvain Chomet Best Animated Feature 2010 Nominee
National Board of Review Jacques Tati Spotlight Award 2010 Winner

Cast

Jean-Claude Donda
as Tatischeff
Jean-Claude Donda
as French Cinema Manager
Paul Bandey
as Additional Voices

Crew

Sylvain Chomet
Director
Bob Last
Producer
Sylvain Chomet
Screenwriter
Sylvain Chomet
Composer (Music Score)
Terry Davies
Musical Direction/Supervision
Bjarne Hansen
Art Director
Jean-Claude Donda
Co-producer
Jake Eberts
Executive Producer
Philippe Carcassonne
Executive Producer
Jean Goudier
Sound/Sound Designer
Cameron McAllister
Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Bazley
Animator
Michael Coles
Animator
Allan Fernando
Animator
Terry Davies
Conductor
Terry Davies
Music Producer
Sylvain Chomet
Character Design
Rupert Coulson
Recording
Andy Glen
Music Editor
Jacques Tati
From Screenplay by
Jinko Gotoh
Co-Executive Producer
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