The Fairy (2012)

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Movie Info

Belgium-based trio Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy follow their acclaimed Iceberg and Rumba with another Tati-inspired, candy-colored romp: this time, a charmingly off-kilter adventure about a hotel clerk who falls in love with a wish-granting fairy. -- (C) Kino Lorber

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 17, 2012
Box Office: $38.4k
Runtime:
Kino Lorber - Official Site

Cast


as John English

as The Bartender

as Illegal Immigrant

as Illegal Immigrant

as Illegal Immigrant

as The Flyer Man

as The Singer

as Shoe Saleswoman

as Policewoman

as Policeman

as Hotel Owner

as Cleaning Lady

as The Woman in Red

as Security Guard

as The Butcher

as The Apprentice Butch...

as The Doctor

as The Fisherman
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Critic Reviews for The Fairy

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (16)

The story cuts corners, so it's not the masterpiece these filmmakers may yet create - but when they're on, this is jolly and so cute you'll sigh.

Full Review… | June 26, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

There may be better films in the theaters this week, but there surely is none easier to like than "The Fairy."

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Do yourself and your kids a favor. On the way to multiplex to see "The Avengers," tell them "The Fairy" is about an all-powerful superheroine. Someday, they'll find the words to thank you.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Its appeal is ... in watching people who have devised their own original style of comic performance and have taken it to a rare level of refinement.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's a slight film, and it's over just as you're thinking it should be, but it's both sweet and refreshingly tart...

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The vibe's too rarefied to last the length of a feature film - and it doesn't - but when "The Fairy" is on, it creates entirely new comic synapses in your head.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Fairy

½

"The Fairy" starts with Dom(Dominique Abel, writer/director #1) being late to his job as a night clerk at a hotel due to a malfunctioning bicycle. So, all he wants to do when he gets to work is eat a sandwich and watch an old movie but is constantly interrupted by customers like Fiona(Fiona Gordon, writer/director #2), a fairy who wants to know what his three wishes are. She also proves useful when he chokes on a bottle cap, performing the Heimlich Maneuver in such a way that she immediately gets signed to a multi-year deal by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She also does a neat massage, as she finally gets Dom's wishes of a scooter and free gas for life. In the morning, she is gone but there is a new scooter.

I would not necessarily disagree with anybody who feels "The Fairy" has been influenced by silent comedies, as most gags here revolve around visual punchlines which the filmmakers put their own creative spin on. Although in the case of the near-blind bar owner(Bruno Romy, writer/director #3), a little bit too old-fashioned, and certainly not nice. Personally, I can see the influence of Aki Kaurismaki at work here as both are populated by the same types of dour countenances with a little social conscience mixed in. Whereas the tone of Kaurismaki's films is usually deadpan, "The Fairy" is instead of pure gleeful goofiness and romantic energy as unpredictable as could be while pointing out how sad it is that many people, lacking imagination, do not notice the magic of everyday life, especially indicated by Dom having so much trouble coming up with a third wish.

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