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SP D: Syl­vain Chomet w/ Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin. UK. 80 min. Sep 12, 2:30 pm Visa

Screen­ing Room (El­gin); Sep 19, 6:30 pm TIFF Bell

Light­box 2 Rat­ing: NNNNN Work­ing from an un­pro­duced script by Jac­ques Tati, an­i­ma­tor Chomet has crafted a mar­vel­lously dry, re­ward­ingly sub­tle com­edy about an aging French stage ma­gi­cian who be­friends a Scot­tish vil­lage girl and takes her with him to a per­for­mance in the big city.

As in Chomet’s de­but, The Triplets Of Belleville, dia­logue is min­i­mal; the char­ac­ters’ ex­quis­ite faces do most of the sto­ry­telling. (The ma­gi­cian’s rab­bit is a tiny marvel of an­thro­po­mor­phism.) And like Triplets, what ap­pears to be a mod­est lit­tle en­ter­tain­ment ends on a pierc­ing note of emo­tional hon­esty – though in this case at least some of the credit must go to Tati.


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