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Dom works the night shift in a small hotel near the industrial sea port of Le Havre. One night, a woman arrives with no luggage and no shoes. Her name is Fiona and she tells Dom that she is a fairy that can grant him three wishes. Fiona makes two of his wishes come true then mysteriously disappears. Dom. who has fallen in love with her by then, searches for her everywhere. Written by
Once again the performing/writing and directing team of Abel, Gordon, and Romy deliver a sweet, gentle, charming comedy, that while having dialogue, is most akin to the silent comedy classics.
As with their earlier films "L'iceberg" and "Rumba", the film is a hit and miss affair - but with many more hits than misses. A long string of silly sight gags, dances, absurd and surreal moments with a slim thread of a plot tying them together; A sad-sack hotel manager falls for a woman who may be an actual fairy. Or just a crazy person. Or maybe both.
Along their way they encounter a host of mostly very funny characters, like the nearly blind-owner of their favorite café, who is always right at the edge of spilling everything. (One of those jokes that could fail badly, or get old quickly if it wasn't pulled off with such deft precision, and big heartedness.)
There are a few inspired, laugh out loud comedy bits, many others that are sweetly enjoyable, and a few that just fall flat.
But while this may be a bit inconsistent, how lovely to see a comedy that aspires to Chaplin and Keaton and not American Pie 5.
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