Based on an incomplete script by Jacques Tati following the success of Mon Oncle, the fable is full of allusions, illusions, and a sense of moving on in spite of falling further and further out of step with one's times. He is clearly a pre-War sort of chap and she is destined for post-War womanhood, still they carry on.
The bittersweetness of the film, and its particularly European mien, may leave American viewers scratching their heads, but the film does burrow into the mind's eye and its small riches reveal themselves over time, even well after seeing the film. Chomet is a master of creating the hyperreality of a familiar place, elevating the well-known collection of a city's famous sites into a holistic kind of aspiration in stone. Edinburgh, as imagined in the early 1960s, becomes a place of possibilities even with the disappointments all great cities harbor along with myriad opportunities. The Scottish capitol looks ravishing, inspiring, well-lived in, and massively attractive in this animated work of wonder.