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The Illusionist L'illusionniste (2010) ❤
Director: Sylvain Chomet

Such an elegant and graceful piece of animation. If you’ve seen the Triplets of Belleville, you’d probably be more familiar with Sylvain Chomet and his style. I haven’t seen it yet and I probably should since I’ve heard great things about that too. The Illusionist is nothing like Edward Norton using his magic to get his lady. Set in the 50’s, this illusionist is one who can’t seem to get in a decent spotlight. It’s not just because of his old-fashioned methods like with the rabbit-out-of-the-hat trick. He’s just not finding the right venues, while being overshadowed by bigger stars making it hard to please a crowd. That’s when a young lady comes by and starts changing his life. It’s probably safe to consider this a silent film (and a good one) because there really isn’t much dialogue and rather more emphasis on the human emotion and interaction. It’s very delicate and soft spoken, but it totally works. Not to mention its form of animation being amazingly done!