Magic Magic (2013)




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A vacationing insomniac loses the ability to distinguish dreams from reality while traveling the Chilean countryside with a group of adventurers that includes her best friend and an enigmatic American in this downbeat saga. Though it came to the U.S. billed as a thriller or a horror picture, Chilean director Sebastian Silva's Magic Magic is more aptly described as a dark psychological drama with tense overtones. Juno Temple stars as Alicia - an emotionally fragile young woman in her early 20s with a murky history. She joins her cousin Sarah (Emily Browning), Sarah's boyfriend Agustín (Agustín Silva), the couple's eccentric friend Brink (Michael Cera) and Agustín's sister Barbara (Catalina Sandina Moreno) for a retreat in the countryside, but from the beginning, things don't go as planned. In the days that follow, more tension erupts between Alicia and the other members of the group, particularly Brink, who displays extreme anti-social tendencies and grows fond of malevolently pushing the girl's buttons. After Sarah returns, all hell threatens to break loose: Alicia is accosted by a local dog that attempts to copulate with her leg; Brink and Agustín play a dangerous game that threatens to cause Alicia grave physical harm, and it becomes increasingly apparent, throughout, that Alicia is now teetering on the brink of a full-scale mental breakdown, which terrifies the others. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
R (for language, some sexual content and nudity)
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Juno Temple
as Alicia
Agustín Silva
as Agustín
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Critic Reviews for Magic Magic

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (2)

The first half of Magic Magic is greatly enjoyable: the performances are strong, the photography is crisp and immersive, and the mood is ripe and ominous.

Full Review… | April 15, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Meticulously acted, gorgeously shot and hilariously insightful about the strange, inarticulable ways people can get on one another's nerves, this psychological thriller takes its premise to surprising, darkly comic extremes ...

Full Review… | January 29, 2013
Top Critic

It's refreshing to see something with a dramatic heart beating beneath its discomfiting exterior.

Full Review… | November 7, 2014
Fan The Fire

It's a big load of much-ado-about-nothing dressed up in writer- director Sebastian Silva's arty movements.

Full Review… | April 22, 2014
Sunday Independent (Ireland)

Magic Magic's odd denouement is a dramatic curveball that smacks the viewer square in the face.

Full Review… | April 20, 2014
Irish Times

A shapeless mess.

Full Review… | April 20, 2014
Observer (UK)

Audience Reviews for Magic Magic

I think this is marketed badly. It's not a thriller at all - it's about mental illness. Juno temple and Emily Browning do well here. The rest of the cast are irritating. The movie moves slowly and the ending isn't really what you would want to see either. I liked it, but it's not entirely engaging and I wouldn't watch it again.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

four stars...

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

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A shy and emotionally fragile American girl is trapped with four strangers in a vacation home in Chile when her friend ditches her to deal with personal issues. Well acted, with a decent atmosphere of subtle paranoia; unfortunately, the script is missing the narrative hooks to draw you into its REPULSION-lite scenario.

Greg S
Greg S

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