Illusion is a love story pairing Christopher Baines (Michael Goorjian) with Isabelle (Karen Tucker) in a dance of thwarted intentions. But it is Christopher’s father, Donald Baines, played by the legendary Kirk Douglas in a luminous performance, who may hold the key to their future. Donald, on his deathbed, regrets having forgone love in his life for the sake of his career, his biggest regret abandoning Christopher, his illegitimate son, 30 years earlier. With some “magical” help from Stan (Ron Marasco), a long-deceased favorite film editor, Donald is shown three films — three visions — each representing a different period of Christopher’s life, which reflect the impact of his abandonment. In a romantic homage to Capra’s classic It’s A Wonderful Life, Goorjian masterfully leads us through the yearnings, dangers, and possibilities for redemption that we all face. This is terrific storytelling of the drama of life, love, and death, with texture and tone that lead us to question: how real and immutable is this life we lead; how much of it is just a fable, a dream, an Illusion? A treat for heart and soul.