DVD: The Illusionist, For retail & rental (20th Century Fox)

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Directed by Sylvain Chomet, from a screenplay written by Jacques Tati in 1959, this gorgeously hand-drawn cartoon sees an ageing French conjurer trying his luck in Edinburgh, where he shares a boarding house with a young girl.

Considerably more muted than Chomet's Belleville Rendezvous, it's a gentle, almost silent mood piece, with a wisp of a story, and jokes that make you smile every now and then, rather than laugh.