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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 »

Director:

Ildikó Enyedi

Writer:

Ildikó Enyedi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Péter Andorai Péter Andorai ... Simon
Julie Delarme Julie Delarme ... Jeanne
Péter Halász Péter Halász ... Péter
Hubert Koundé ... Paul
Mari Nagy Mari Nagy ... Interpreter
Hervé Dubourjal Hervé Dubourjal ... Prefect
Serge Merlin Serge Merlin ... Doctor
Daniel Merle Daniel Merle ... Inspector
Florent Vitse Florent Vitse ... Detective
Gergely Harmati Gergely Harmati ... Uniformed detective
Michel Soignet Michel Soignet ... Biologist
Nicolas Woirion Nicolas Woirion ... Controller
Zoon Besse Zoon Besse ... Ambulance doctor (as Zoon)
Odéon Odéon ... Receptionist
Aurélie Guichard 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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Country:

Hungary | France

Language:

French | Hungarian

Release Date:

21 October 1999 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Simon, the Magician See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This movie didn't do anything for us at all
23 March 2013 | by lepoisson-1See all my reviews

I tend to be sucker for foreign movies (especially French ones), since they often don't follow the American "feel good" formula. Based on the IMDb ratings, we borrowed this from the library.

Here's what we got:

Great photography and scenes of Paris, which always goes over well.

Great music.

Parallels to Biblical writings.

A bunch of flat, undeveloped characters about whom we did not care.

A beautiful young woman who falls in love with an old man in spite of a complete language barrier

A very slow moving movie that we kept hoping would go somewhere...anywhere.

Maybe we're just not sophisticated enough?

4 stars because the acting was good, the photography was good, and the music was good.


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