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
The Illusionist encounters Alice while performing in a village pub off the west
coast of Scotland; an innocent young girl who will change his life forever.
Though they don‟t speak the same language, the two lonely strangers quickly bond through small
kindnesses. Fascinated by The Illusionist, Alice stows away on his departing ship and
follows him to Edinburgh. There, they quickly fall into a father — daughter relationship.
I’ve had the opportunity to score a short sequence of this wonderful movie in my
Dramatic Scoring 1 course. It’s the moment when Alice decides to leave the magician for
the boy she fell in love with but couldn’t bring herself to say goodbye in peson, so she
leaves a note on the table before meeting with her lover. This love theme has a hint of
sadness, delicacy and even a little hint of magic towards the end. The scene should be
sentimental yet not overpowering.