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Magic Magic (2013)

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A naive young tourist's road trip across Chile with friends turns into a waking nightmare.

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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Héctor
Rayén Aliquintuy ...
Laurita
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Alicia arrives in South America to vacation with her cousin, Sara. When Sarah is suddenly called away, Alicia is stuck on a remote island off Chile with three of Sara's friends, including Brink, an American exchange student with a sadistic streak. Bewildered, frightened, and unable to sleep, Alicia's reality becomes a nightmare from which there is no waking. Ancient indigenous rites, disturbing animal behavior, and captivating hypnotic trances come together in an intense exploration into the darkest corners . . . when the games go too far, reality unravels with astonishing and deadly consequences. Written by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Journey to the deepest reaches of your darkest fears.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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28 August 2013 (France)  »

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Michael Cera was learning Spanish for this and other Sebastián Silva film Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus and 2012 (2013). See more »

Quotes

Brink: The next time you want your pussy eaten out, you can just ask me! I like pussy!
Alicia: What the fuck?
Brink: Shut up! You want them to know? Really?
Alicia: What are you talking about?
Brink: Shut up! You came into my room and you rubbed your pussy in my face. Who told you to? Why did you do that?
Alicia: Get away from me! Sara!
Sara: Hey, baby!
Alicia: This freak grabbed me! He told me I rubbed my pussy in his face!
Brink: She did! She did!
Sara: Whatever! She didn't, man.
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References Perfect Blue (1997) See more »

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Etude in E Major Op.10
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Marcelo Cesena
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A Weird Movie that will Leave you Confused and Uneasy
12 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Long Story Short: The Story evolves around Alicia (Juno Temple) – an emotionally fragile young woman, who visits her cousin Sarah (Emily Browning) in Chile. Together with Sarah's boyfriend Agustín (Agustín Silva), Agustín's sister Barbara (Catalina Sandina Moreno), and their very strange friend Brink (Michael Cera) they travel to the countryside. But things aren't as pleasant as they are supposed to be, and especially Brink turns out to be very insensitive and doesn't show any sympathy for Alicia retentiveness. What was meant to be a relaxing vacation for Alicia soon turns into a horrifying experience.

Review: Magic Magic is often advertised as a horror movie, however, I would say it's more of a psychological thriller with a very dark and intense undertone. Juno Temple is giving a master performance, her acting is on point and very disturbing. Michael Cera plays this psycho, who shows not only anti-social but also sadistic tendencies, and everyone was wondering if he would be able to portray a character like Brink. I think he did great, but at the same time, he annoyed the living hell out of me. The camera-work is stunning, and the landscape shots are beautiful. The movie starts very strong and interesting, but leaves you clueless not only until the end, but even past that. There is absolutely no conclusion, the audience is completely left in the dark, and even though the tension and suspense rises it turns out to be a thick cloud of confusion. It seems like someone came up with a good idea but ran out of time to write a satisfying ending. So let's just end it somehow, because at the end of the day indie movies are supposed to keep you guessing and that's what makes them artistic. Not true. Furthermore, character development is hardly existing, and even if Juno Temple convinced with her performance, I couldn't relate to her character because I didn't know enough about her. Magic Magic is not a bad movie but towards the end there are just too many questions unanswered, which might be very unsatisfying.


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