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The Fairy (2012)

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93

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 1

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audience

57

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 2,405

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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

Jul 17, 2012

$38.4k

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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.

June 26, 2012 Full Review Source: 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."

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: 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.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: 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.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: 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 Full Review Source: 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.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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It's often a lot of fun with some dance numbers thrown in.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

It's simultaneously a very knowing and strangely innocent film...

July 17, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

The best that can be said for The Fairy is that it certainly creates its own world. However, it's one I wanted to get out of almost as soon as it began.

July 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

I personally admired and cringed at about the same time.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

If you like Tati-esque japes, Francophone clowns Abel, Gordon and Romy should be just up your alley.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

All over the place, but somehow it retains a sweet tonal cohesiveness.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A fairy that can't quite cast a spell.

June 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

For pure entertainment and high-spirited comedy value, The Fairy is as good as any gone before ... once you have seen one of their films, you'll never forget it that's for sure.

June 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Real.com

Not all of the jokes land perfectly (a late telephone gag treads too much water), but The Fairy remains infectiously funny throughout.

June 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This has to be one of the most imaginative, articulately planned, strange, wacky, whimsical, unique and flat out hysterical films I have seen in at least a few years.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

As slight and tasty as a Popsicle on a hot day, the movie gets its fun from its freedom, from how regularly its blithe characters find themselves in impossible situations and how effortlessly they wriggle out of them.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

perfect timing, improvisational talents and [an] exuberant screenplay turn an absurd comedy into a thoroughly enjoyable absurdist comedy

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

The clownish night clerk and his fairy princess swoop and pratfall through a series of physical vignettes that leave us in stitches.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Though occasionally the absurd humor falls flat, the attempt to forge something utterly unlike anything else happening in cinema today gives this film a mesmerizing and memorable charm.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for The Fairy

"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.
March 1, 2012
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    1. Fiona, la fée: Please help me. They got me!
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Fiona, la fée: You have three wishes...
    2. Dom: Do you want a room?
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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