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La fée (The Fairy) (2012)

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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
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NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Box Office:
$18,417.00
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Cast

Fiona Gordon (II)
as Fiona, la fée
Philippe Martz
as John, l'Anglais
Bruno Romy
as Le patron de l'Amour Flou
Vladimir Zongo
as Le premier clandestin
Destine M'Bikulu Mayemba
as Le deuxième clandestin
Willson Goma
as Le troisième clandestin
Didier Armbruster
as L'homme volant
Anais Lemarchand
as La chanteuse
Lenny Martz
as Jimmy
Emilie Horcholle
as La vendeuse de chaussures
Sandrine Morin
as L'infirmière
Ophelia Anfry
as Policewoman
Olivier Parenty
as Policeman
Therese Fichert
as Hotel Owner
Sarah Bensoussan
as The Woman in Red
Abdou Sagna
as Security Guard
Marc-Antoine Vaugeois
as Security Guard
Herre Goubert
as The Butcher
Chantal Romy
as The Doctor
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All Critics (39) | 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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

April 26, 2012
Seattle Times
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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
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Audience Reviews for La fée (The Fairy)

A wonderful blend of slapstick, fairy tale, romance, and dry humor, all in perfect balance. This is the perfect feel-good movie. Do yourself a favor and watch it.

Ken Cruiser
Ken Cruiser
½

The Fairy, is a quirky comedy that does not follow the rules of social norms. This movie is so awkward that it's funny. The most absurd situations occur but the characters effortlessly able to remove themselves. The movie tells a story but does so using more movement than words. The actors are also the directors and the writers of the screenplay. The wackiness of the movie makes it hard to watch, but the reasons behind it make it bearable. The main female character is clearly insane, and it is shown when she is shuttled back to the insane asylum. The progression of people throughout the movie make is as entertaining as it is unrealistic. It is as though we are shown the world through the mind of a crazy person. The best idea in the movie is that love can overcome adversity. Secondly, that diversity between people does not always draw them apart, but rather bring them together. The entire movie brings out the notion that bad situations can actually turn into a positive experience. For example, Dom almost chokes to death, but then wakes up to a brand new scooter. The unrealistic situations that occur make this movie suspenseful and comedic. The natural ability of the actors created one of the most imaginative films yet. Their comedic sense and natural body language make them likeable characters. The movie just didn't deliver though. The actors/directors have a very unique style though that just doesn't seem to fit into the era. The unrealistic-ness of the movie just doesn't end. It couldn't get worse than a blind waiter, a trio of illegal immigrants or the duo dancing at the bottom of the ocean. It is one of those movies that require a person to have a quirky sense of humor in order to like it. The movie allows you take a step back from reality as you are immersed in a crazy world. Fiona makes huge impacts on the world wherever she goes and does things that most wouldn't consider. She is a likeable character as we almost feel bad for her. Their love story is a breath of fresh air though because it shows that love knows no bounds. The cafe in which they have their first date is named "Love is Blurred" seems to be the motto for the entire movie. The props that are chosen make this movie comedic as well. Instead of having to focus on the awkwardness between characters, you are distracted by an outrageous prop. For example, when Fiona is checking into the hotel she is given a pen shaped as the Eiffel Tower. It encourages the new silent comedy in French film such as the mimes. It openly shows the free expression tolerated in French cinema.

Amber W
Amber W

Let's get this out of the negatives out of the way, the movie, despite not being long as it stands anyway, could've been shorter. I just think that it starts to lose some steam because they may have wanted to pad the running time, which it didn't really need. That's really the only negative because this movie is excellent, by far my favorite comedy of the year. It's all pretty much visual humor, like you'd see in silent films or, as the description put it, Tati-inspired, it's kind of a shame that I haven't but I definitely need to watch some Tati. It's also got some moments of very surreal humor, but it's mostly visually driven and there's a lot of clever and charming moments in the movie. The movie is also very colorful and vibrant which fits with the style of film it is. The cast is excellent, Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon are a perfect on-screen comedic duo. There's a certain synergy between them that I simply don't see a lot in comedy. At least as far as visual comedy goes. The dialogue in the movie is, and this might be a gross understatement, very minimal. There isn't a lot of it and it really sort of serves as a bridge towards the next comedic moment in the film. The dialogue just helps to get you there smoothly, so it's not like it doesn't serve a purpose. So overall, as a critic's review mentioned here, it might not be the best movie but it's very easy to like. I'd definitely recommend it, it's a great comedic film.

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