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Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013)

Crystal Fairy y el cactus mágico (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 24 April 2014 (Chile)
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As Jamie travels in Chile, he invites an eccentric woman to join his group's quest to score a fabled hallucinogen, a move that finds him at odds with his new companion, until they drink the magic brew on a beach at the edge of the desert.

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Sebastián Silva
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Cera ... Jamie
Gaby Hoffmann ... Crystal Fairy
Juan Andrés Silva Juan Andrés Silva ... Champa
Agustín Silva ... Pilo
José Miguel Silva José Miguel Silva ... Lel
Sebastián Silva ... Lobo
Manuela Baldovino Manuela Baldovino ... The Girl Who is Hi on Life
Gepe Gepe ... Gepe (as Daniel Riveros)
Gracia Ariztia Gracia Ariztia ... The Other Crazy Dancing Girl
Esteban Carreño Esteban Carreño ... Botota
Juan Carlos Lara II Juan Carlos Lara II ... Hanna (as Juan Lara)
Gary Boyd Gary Boyd ... Highway Restaurant Man
Marinés Muñoz Marinés Muñoz ... Copiapo Hostel Owner
Nancy Castillo Nancy Castillo ... Grocery Store Saleslady
Margarita Maria Nicolich Margarita Maria Nicolich ... Gypsy (as Margarita Maria Nicolich Nicolich)
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Jamie (Cera) is a boorish, insensitive American twentysomething traveling in Chile, who somehow manages to create chaos at every turn. He and his friends are planning on taking a road trip north to experience a legendary shamanistic hallucinogen called the San Pedro cactus. In a fit of drunkenness at a wild party, Jamie invites an eccentric woman -- a radical spirit named Crystal Fairy (Hoffmann) -- to come along. What is meant to be a devil-may-care journey becomes a battle of wills as Jamie finds himself locking horns with his new traveling companion. But on a remote, pristine beach at the edge of the desert, the magic brew is finally imbibed, and the true adventure begins. Written by Production

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Gaby Hoffmann says she had no problem with her gratuitous nudity in the film thanks to growing up in a "naked house." See more »

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Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »

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Esto es rap
Composer: Gastón Gabarró
Artist: Gastón Gabarró
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An Uncomfortable Journey
13 November 2013 | by themissingpatientSee all my reviews

Michael Cera is Jamie, an American traveler in Chile who plans a road trip with his friends to indulge in a legendary hallucinogen, the San Pedro cactus. While drunk at a party, Jamie invites an eccentric, radical spirit named Crystal Fairy, played by Gaby Hoffmann. When Jamie's insensitive, controlling, impatient, selfish nature is revealed it conflicts with Crystal Fairy, making what was suppose to be a care-free adventure into an uncomfortable journey for everyone.

Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann are both very brave for taking on these characters, who are in perfect contrast with one another. The result is excellent performances of well-written characters. Unfortunately the film is going to attract audiences looking for a drug-fueled adventure in the vein of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, not a character-driven comedy lacking any real laugh-out-loud moments. The film is played almost too serious to be any fun, though there is depth.

Writer/director Sebastián Silva proved his powers as a serious filmmaker with Magic Magic, which also starred Cera and was released earlier this year. Other than having Cera in lead roles, the only thing the two films share in common is an abrupt ending that will either leave you haunted or irritated. While Magic Magic is an effective psychological horror film, Crystal Fairy is a thought-provoking character study poorly marketed as an adventure comedy.

Crystal Fairy and The Magical Cactus isn't a bad film but it does fail as a comedy. As for the adventure, the credits begin to roll too soon after the film gets interesting. This will annoy more than it will amuse or enlighten.


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Official Sites:

IFC [United States]

Country:

Chile

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 April 2014 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

Crystal Fairy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,052, 14 July 2013

Gross USA:

$202,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$223,821
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Diroriro, Fabula See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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