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Magique! (2008)

In an isolated farm live Betty and her 10 year old son, Tommy, who never knew his father. Tommy would love bring a smile to his mother often melancholy . One day he learns that a circus is ... See full summary »


Philippe Muyl
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Credited cast:
Marie Gillain ... Betty
Cali Cali ... Baptiste
Antoine Duléry ... Auguste
Benoît Brière ... Alix
Louis Dussol Louis Dussol ... Tommy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Robert Bourdage ... Le propriétaire
Goûchy Boy ... Bingo (as Gouchy Boy)
Paul Cagelet ... Antoine
Rachel Gauthier Rachel Gauthier ... Libellule
Marie-Renée Patry ... Fellini
Marcel Sabourin ... Dr. Klebs
Bart Soroczynski ... Circus Performer
Holly Uloth Holly Uloth ... Alice (as Holly O'Brien)


In an isolated farm live Betty and her 10 year old son, Tommy, who never knew his father. Tommy would love bring a smile to his mother often melancholy . One day he learns that a circus is visiting the city. But without paperwork in order, prohibition to plant the tent! Sure he has the solution to his problem, Tommy jumps on the opportunity. He manages to convince his mom to host the circus on their land. While all artists are waiting for the tent, Tommy will gradually discover the joyful life of Travelers.

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Official Sites:

Paramount Pictures [France]





Release Date:

22 October 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mageia See more »

Filming Locations:

Arundel, Québec, Canada See more »


Box Office


$4,600,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A poetry lover's movie...
16 February 2013 | by djansen24See all my reviews

Just saw this movie last night. To get straight to the point, if you have always wanted to sit back and listen to poetry sung/spoken with all the deep subtleties of the soothing French language, then you have found your movie. Without a doubt, the focus is on the rhyme, meter, and prose. What a pity this musical focuses so little on the drama and storyline. I love a simple story well told. I love music. Words carefully chosen can send trembles down my spine. What I do not like are constant interruptions. And that is what you get in this movie. The drama interrupts the music and the music interrupts the drama. There are simply far too many songs (about 1 every 5 minutes) that prevent us from sucking any depth out of the story. And with a story so simple as this movie's is, you need some time to dig deep. You are allowed none of that. And what a shame because everything feels flat. Even the poetry of the songs, while sounding deep, end up ultimately talking about nothing. The movie seems to feel that tiny random events of beauty in and of themselves, make life meaningful. They don't. Tiny random events of beauty make life exhilarating because there is a higher meta-narrative which transcends them and ties them together.

"Magique" also suffers from few memorable melodies and average singing. But the director did not intend to produce full blown songs. but rather more diary entries into the character's heads. Still not very interesting from a dramaturgical point of view. Nothing moved me.

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