Magical Girl


Magical Girl

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Average Rating: 3.8/5

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An unemployed father seeking a gift for his dying daughter, a disturbed woman with a dark secret, and a retired math professor find their fates bound together by tragedy in this thriller from emerging Spanish director Carlos Vermut (Diamond Flash). Luis' (Luis Bermejo) daughter is dying from leukemia. Though Luis' friends assure him that the best thing he can do for her is to be by her side, all the anguished father wants is to buy her the expensive dress inspired by her favorite anime character, "Magical Girl Yukiko". One night while preparing to burglarize a local jewelry store, Luis encounters Barbara (Barbara Lennie), a beautiful woman whose acute mental illness is eroding her marriage to a successful psychiatrist. Desperate, Luis blackmails Barbara for the money he needs to buy the dress. Though Barbara gets the money, she suffers agonizing pain and humiliation in the process. Later, clinging to life, Barbara calls on her former math teacher Damian (Jose Sacristan), now an aged ex-con to seek violent retribution. Damian has always feared the day he would hear from Barbara again, and now that day has come, plunging all three into an inescapable world of darkness.

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Critic Reviews for Magical Girl

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Writer-director Carlos Vermut distinguishes himself with his willingness to court melodrama; the layers of perversion, betrayal, and revenge verge on the operatic, but the action is played with impressive sobriety.

Feb 25, 2016 | Full Review…

The work of a true filmmaker. [Full review in Spanish]

Jun 21, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

A movie made with wisdom, every scene is perfectly balanced and the tone of it reminds you of Fritz Lang. [Full review in Spanish]

Jun 21, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Bárbara Lennie is one of the most interesting characters in modern day cinema. [Full review in Spanish]

Jun 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Carlos Vermut is a strange director in the best way possible, a strange director with lots of talent. [Full review in Spanish]

Jun 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Perfect. [Full review in Spanish]

Jun 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Magical Girl


Vermut proves already in his second film that he has a very interesting voice, giving us this story that remains always gripping as it shows how the lives of three different people get ironically intertwined by some unhappy circumstances - most of which provoked by themselves.

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