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Photographing Fairies Reviews

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November 10, 2014
I watched this because had 100% on here and it's on Netflix streaming. This movie is almost unwatchable. It's basically a made for TV movie that seems like it's probably for kids (which I would forgive) except for the fact that there's a bit of nudity so dumbing down the plot for children is apparently not the reason that it sucks so much. Ben Kingsley is obviously a very good actor, but it's the horrible writing that is the real culprit. The characters' either overreact or under-react to the majority of situations that they find themselves in and the plot just drags on. Horrible.
½ December 11, 2013
The movies effects may be somewhat dated now, given the 90's release date. However the themes explored and the atmosphere created make for a subtle and overall interesting movie. Something that wouldn't be a bad choice for a remake actually.
½ June 4, 2013
A beautifully realized story of a truth on film--Haunting, eerie, wonderful, Magical, Spiritual!!
½ May 23, 2013
This is an intelligent and effective film, that raises many interesting ideas and questions about the supernatural. It's a serious film, that should be seen by an audience not afraid of a story with an unhappy ending; it offers a fresh outlook to a meaningful experience about the afterworld.
February 15, 2013
mali film. dogodi se da zaboravite. ako ste ga gledali u pogresno vreme. ali nije zgoreg ponoviti. u pravo:)
December 11, 2012
The direction, acting, and music are all well-executed, but the themes of the story are not explored well.
December 7, 2012
Quite the unknown little treasure of the late 90s ... A deep yet tangible thriller and surreal imagining capturing a supernatural conundrum.
Toby Stephens as a sceptical, photographer suffering from the loss of a loved one compels while classical renditions of music equally chill, as a result of ominous,nightmarish realisations.
½ November 17, 2012
This is one of the most haunting, magical, stirring films to come along in a very long time. The story and the performances will grow in meaning and depth on each repeated viewing. It is an overlooked but glstening treasure!
November 1, 2012
The Cottingley Fairies have always been a fascination of mine, and to see a film inspired by the pictures themselves, was a treat. The film itself becomes a bit too "fictional" for me however, instead of remaining believable and truly inspired by the actual events in history. Interesting enough for a fan of the paranormal and 'occult history', and imaginative enough for anyone else, having little or no knowledge of the true events...
July 10, 2012
would love to see this
January 16, 2012
Based upon the 1992 novel by Steve Szilagyi, this is a dark fantasy based on the Cottingley Fairies hoax. It came out around the same time as FairyTale: A True Story (1997), but while that was a family film, this is aimed squarly at adults. It's an underrated British film, although some of it is over the top. This has widowed photographer Charles Castle (Toby Stephens), who works in a cramped photography studio with assistant Roy (Phil Davis). But while at show, he see's photographs showing photographic evidence of fairies, which he is quick to dismiss. But, he is soon visited by Beatrice Templeton (Frances Barber) who shows more convincing evidence of fairies. Charles goes to investigate in their small village, but with Beatrice's daughters Ana (Miriam Grant) and Clara (Hannah Bould), who were in the photos reluctant to talk to Charles, he decides to do his own investigations. He runs into Nicholas Templeton (Ben Kingsley), a devout minister who scorns such suggestion. But, after tasting a flower that comes from a local tree, Charles begins to see the fairies for himself and he begins a decent into madness. It's a dark film, but it's beautifully shot and has a surreal dreamy quality. Stephens plays the lead well, and Kingsley hams it up as usual. :P But, it's one to catch if you can.
October 14, 2011
Can someone give me a torrent link for this movie?
September 19, 2011
sluń?ajno naletih na ovaj film i oń?arah se, nepravedno zanemaren!
½ June 26, 2011
I honestly had no clue what to expect from a movie with such a strange name, but was pleasantly surprised. The cinematography is amazing (right from the opening credits), and the story is captivating from start to finish, accompanied by a haunting soundtrack.
March 24, 2011
Much better than the title suggests!
½ February 20, 2011
An excellent film! It is about a man who loses his wife early on, in the film and in their marriage. And he spends the rest of his life wondering "..what am I supposed to do with the rest of my life?". And it truly is an excellent piece of work. Johnny Depp certainly would have been an excellent choice for the lead role but, that would have increased the # of ppl who would come to see the movie, not much else. And how Flixster overlooked Harvey Keitel is a typical Flixster screw-up but, then again Flixster is a joke!

The ending makes me wonder...
October 21, 2010
Great movie. Can't believe it's not available in DVD. What's wrong with the studio?
½ October 16, 2010
Great movie. A bit slow at parts, but the acting, story, cinematography, and visuals are stunning
Super Reviewer
September 19, 2010
Quite the unknown little treasure of the late 90s ... A deep yet tangible thriller and surreal imagining capturing a supernatural conundrum.
Toby Stephens as a sceptical, photographer suffering from the loss of a loved one compels while classical renditions of music equally chill, as a result of ominous,nightmarish realisations.
September 18, 2010
Until the other day I'd never even heard of this 1997 fantasy. After watching it last night, it's now one of my favorite films. Interesting fictionalization of the famous fairy photographs event during the early 20th Century as well as a heartbreaking look at immortality, grief, love and fear. Stephens is simply perfect, as is Kingsley. Exquisite musical score and an unforgettable ending.
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