Review No. : 0002
Title : L’Illusionniste (The Illusionist)
Year : 2010
Director : Sylvain Chomet
Country : France | United Kingdom
World’s Verdict : Rotten Tomatoes – 90%; IMDB – 7.4 out of 10.0
My Verdict : 4.0 out of 5.0
He strides the land to live and earn,
He is free because there is nowhere to return.
He has a hat, a rabbit and a bag of tricks;
Worn-out clothes and his magical sticks.
But the magic is lost, the man is old;
The wonder has been solved and now the world is cold.
In the land of lochs and legends he arrives.
There he entices the crowd for just a night,
And his kindness conjures a young woman’s delight;
She follows him, enchanted by his strides.
She thinks the world is free for all,
She thinks he has the magic to give her all.
He works for more just to answer her call,
To keep her illusions he has to crawl.
Unknowingly, to each other, they are in thrall.
He strides the city to live and earn.
She strides the city to wait and yearn.
He strides the city when in a street turn
He sees that the young lady has a new concern.
Each picture is a beauty,
Each frame is an art.
It can be framed, it can be hung,
An artwork that will be ever young.
No other medium comes close to the heart
Of simplicity, elegance and sincerity.
The universal message is well known:
Relationship is not at all pure holiness,
And there’s a silver lining in being alone,
But there is no beauty in loneliness.
He strides the land to live and earn.
But life, he finds out, is to give and learn.