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Pierre Corneille's 17th Century comedy-drama The Theatrical Illusion gets a 21st Century update in this screen adaptation from director and screenwriter Mathieu Amalric. Alcandre (Herve Pierre) is the concierge and house detective at a luxury hotel in Paris, where he looks after the needs of his tenants and watches their actions via a network of surveillance cameras. Pridamante (Alain Lenglet), one of the hotel's guests, asks Alcandre to track down her missing son Clindor (Loic Corbery), who works for celebrated video game designer Matamore (Denis Podalydes). Matamore is in love with beautiful Isabelle (Suliane Brahim), but unknown to him, Isabelle is romantically involved with Clindor; at the same time, Isabelle's father Geronte (Jean-Baptiste Malartre) is trying to persuade her to marry Adraste (Adrien Gamba-Gontard), and Isabelle has a rival for Clindor's affections in Lyse (Julie Sicard), who isn't about to let Clindor's disinterest get in the way of their getting married. L'illusion Comique (aka The Screen Illusion) was the third in a series of modern-dress television adaptations of classic stage dramas from the archives of the Comedie Francaise, featuring actors from the company's current troupe; after debuting on French TV, the picture played a number of major international film festivals. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi