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The Fairy [Blu-ray]
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About the film:
"Dom is a night watchman at a small hotel in Le Havre, France. One night the mysterious Fiona appears, shoeless and without any luggage. She tells him she is a fairy and that he can have three wishes come true. The next day two of them are fulfilled and Fiona has disappeared. But Dom really wants to find her as she has opened a new world to him, a world crowded by fantasy and love."
A few surreal moments pop in, like the two dance numbers (one underwater, the other with her rotundly pregnant) give plenty to laugh at, as do the moments and characters in the psych ward. This doesn't have the wacked-out frenzy or continuous patter of some other comedies I've enjoyed. It has a quiet charm all its own, though.
-- wiredweird, reviewing the release to theatres.
PS: If subtitles give you hives, you probably want to skip this one - French (it figures) with English subtitles.
But to say things get strange is an understatement. The plot is really just a tenuous thread that ties together moments of comedy, dance, and music. The team of Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, who both wrote and star in The Fairy, are dancers, mimes, and performers who have collaborated for many years, both personally and artistically, and this film showcases both their wit and originality and their great physical skill- though in a way unlike anything you may have seen before. Like all great comedies, The Fairy is completely original, with characters and a plot that is like nothing you've ever seen in a movie, and that means that every scene, every turn of events is completely unexpected. I loved it, and if you can imagine liking a comedy that can be described as sweet, surreal, and completely original, you might just like it too.
This comedy has been likened to the movies of Keaton and Tati; Dominique Abel's performance (and appearance) recall Roberto Benigni. But this comedy exists in a world of its own, recalling not so much the realm of Keaton as it does the much fantastic world of Melies. If it lacks the French magician's spectacular effects, it retains just enough ambience of the incredible to enable us to embrace the fantasy rather than be concerned about endangerment.
Abel and Gordon have wonderful comedic chemistry. Neither has "conventional beauty," but possess eccentric charm and athletic physiques that lend themselves to physical comedy and pantomime. The supporting cast is equally wonderful, a collection of eccentrics worthy of a Fellini movie.
Those who are put-off by subtitles have little to fear in this movie; it's practically a silent film, peppered with vintage music and just enough dialogue to move the plot along. There's a bit a rear-view nudity and a surreal dance scene laced with sexuality, but it's all in keeping with the lunacy of the love story.
The extras on this dvd aren't much, but the feature compensates for that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Utterly ridiculous.. not even as an "art film" would it deserve even one star definitely does not deserve the false 4 1/2 start rating shown when using fire stick ... Read morePublished 17 days ago by HJoP
Liked the dancing and the craziness but wasn't completely hooked.Published 27 days ago by Marilyn J. Mcclellan
Cutesy movie, but not really what I wanted to watch. I did watch it all the way through, out of curiosity to know what happens.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If you want to see what the French come up with when they make a movie, this is probably a good choice because it has some hilarious moments. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Randy KB
Weird, cute, and definitely over the top - but not in an American way.Published 3 months ago by Laura
I thought it was a somewhat odd movie, yet it had some of the most comedic hilarious scenes I have ever seen. I would watch it again.Published 4 months ago by Joseph C. Hollish
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