The Illusionist (L’illusioniste)

“The Illusionist” is a story about two paths that cross. An outdated, aging magician, forced to wander from country to country, city to city and station to station in search of a stage to perform his act meets a young girl at the start of her life’s journey.Alice is a teenage girl with all her capacity for childish wonder still intact. She plays at being a woman without realizing the day to stop pretending is fast approaching. She doesn’t know yet that she loves the Illusionist like she would a father; he already knows that he loves her as he would a daughter. Their destinies will collide, but nothing – not even magic or the power of illusion– can stop the voyage of discovery. A script for “The Illusionist” was originally written by French comedy genius and cinema legend Jacques Tati as a love letter from a father to his daughter, but never produced. Sylvain Chomet, the Oscar nominated and critically acclaimed creator of “The Triplets of Belleville,” adapted the script and brought it to life in his distinctive hand-drawn animated style. [Synopsis provided by Sony Pictures Classics]