Dir. Sylvain Chomet. Starring Guillaume Gouix, Anne Le Ny. 106 min. Special Presentation. Sept. 6, 4:30 p.m., Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St. ; Sept. 12, 12:15 p.m., Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W.; Sept. 15, 12:15 p.m., TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, 350 King St. W.
Shifting to live action after animated marvels like The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet makes a misstep with this whimsical story of a mute Parisian pianist (Guillaume Gouix) who attempts to retrieve remembrances of things past with the help of an unusual neighbour with the suitable name of Madame Proust (Anne Le Ny). Though quirkiness abounds in the movie’s every nook and cranny, Chomet’s usual gifts for visual invention often seem to have abandoned him. What aspires to be a lightly melancholy spin on the most stylized comedies of Jacques Tati or Jacques Demy mostly feels like a drab rehash of Amélie.