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The Fairy

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Dominique Abel
  • 90 mins
  • PG

Summary

A hotel clerk searches all over Le Havre for the fairy who made two of his three wishes come true before disappearing.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Lovers of slapstick rejoice, as the writer/director/performer team of Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy build upon the fine impression made with Iceberg (2005) and Rumba (2008) to deliver another charmingly off-kilter homage to Chaplin, Keaton and Tati. Gordon plays a woman who escapes from an asylum and convinces a hotel clerk in Le Havre (Abel) that she is a fairy who can grant him three wishes. The premise may be a simple one, but plot isn't the strong point of this film-making trio - they excel at absurdist set pieces that surprise and amuse with their angular physicality and uproarious unpredictability. Comic chases, dance sequences and gags with children and animals are packed into a romp that slows slightly in the middle before regaining momentum for a daring rescue and a brilliantly inventive runaway-car pursuit. With Romy's myopic bartender and Philippe Martz's fussy English tourist adding to the fun, this is close to irresistible.

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Credits

Cast

rolename
DomDominique Abel
The fairyFiona Gordon
John the EnglishmanPhilippe Martz
L'Amour Flou barmanBruno Romy
Illegal immigrantVladimir Zongo
JimmyLenny Martz

Crew

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DirectorDominique Abel
DirectorFiona Gordon
DirectorBruno Romy

Details

Theatrical distributor
Verve Pictures
Released on
2012-06-29
Languages
English | French
Guidance
Contains brief nudity.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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