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Simon, the Magician (1999)

Simon mágus (original title)
In this surrealistic movie from the director of My 20th Century, the French police seek help from Simon, a visionary living in Budapest to solve a murder case. Whilst in Paris, Simon falls ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Péter Andorai ...
Simon
Julie Delarme ...
Jeanne
Péter Halász ...
Péter
Hubert Koundé ...
Paul
Mari Nagy ...
Interpreter
Hervé Dubourjal ...
Prefect
Serge Merlin ...
Doctor
Daniel Merle ...
Inspector
Florent Vitse ...
Detective
Gergely Harmati ...
Uniformed detective
Michel Soignet ...
Biologist
Nicolas Woirion ...
Controller
Zoon Besse ...
Ambulance doctor (as Zoon)
Odéon ...
Receptionist
Aurélie Guichard ...
Reporter #2
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In this surrealistic movie from the director of My 20th Century, the French police seek help from Simon, a visionary living in Budapest to solve a murder case. Whilst in Paris, Simon falls in love with Jeanne, although they do not speak each other's language. When Jeanne leaves for a couple of days, Peter, another visionary, calls Simon for a duel: They both have to spend three days buried alive. Will Simon ever meet his love again? Written by Gatsby-15 <gatsby@freemail.hu>

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An Esoteric and Visual Masterpiece
20 November 2010 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I normally ONLY write book reviews as I am a publisher and amateur writer; in this case I had to make an exception as I truly adore this movie. (Disclaimer; I might be bias as I am a aficionado of esoterica and magic. That is why I have rented it from Netflix.. It is possible that if you are not into these things as I am, you might feel differently!)

This is a movie about true miracles versus "the phenomena" for the sake of it. The essence of the movie is the opposing characters of the two and resurrection versus hibernation. Peter is all about effort, he is standing on his head to show off and become the star, while Simon is a natural he draws people to him, with calming and healing qualities. People, who naturally savor phenomena often forsaking and missing the true miracles of life that often masquerades as happenstance or luck. The love affair is also a sideshow to see the glimpse of the ending from the mirror of the girl's eyes. A truly visual and esoteric movie. Full with symbolism of sleep, nature's magic and love and redemption.


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