These words from S., a dear, dear old friend of decades-beyond-count– about leaving Paris: “And go gently in peace, but leave something unfinished, for your return.”
On my last day, to the cinema at Quai de Seine, to see The Illusionist from a script by Jacques Tati and animation of Sylvain Chomet; the people who brought us the marvelous Triplets of Belleville do it again–and better. It’s a shorter, sweeter, and more compact film, with a narrow narrative line unlike Belleville which spreads its wings far and wide. The Illusionist is a great film about the twilight years of “illusionists” like the main character (who is drawn after Tati himself) and very French, in the shadow of the rising rock stars of England. Stunning animation–refined, stylish and pleasurable. It’s also a very funny film! What a way to say goodbye to Paris, gently and with humor!