I this aging magician looks familiar, there's a good reason. In Screen Daily Lisa Nesselson reviews "The Illusionist," which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.
An aging French magician who is a dead ringer for Jacques Tati uses sleight-of-hand to give a clueless Scottish girl a poetic assist toward adulthood in "The Illusionist." Five years in the making, master animator Sylvain Chomet’s follow-up to "The Triplets Of Belleville" deploys superb hand-drawn imagery to bring to life an unproduced screenplay the late Tati finished in 1959. Told with no dialogue but carried along by deeply evocative sound design, this visually rewarding film’s timeless, near-universal appeal should translate to widespread critical praise and art house play.Read the whole review here and find out how the film almost didn't happen, how Chomet found out about the old script almost accidentally when he asked Tati's daughter for permission to use a clip of her father on his bicycle from "Jour De Fete" in "Triplets."
I love Tati. I love "Triplets." Can't wait.