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Magical Girl (2014)

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The father of a terminally ill girl is determined to grant his daughter's last wish, a ridiculously expensive collectors' costume from a Japanese TV series. The request will drive him into a journey within his city's dark underbelly.


Carlos Vermut


Carlos Vermut
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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Sacristán ... Damián
Marina Andruix Marina Andruix ... Bárbara niña (as Marina Anduix)
Raimundo de los Reyes Raimundo de los Reyes ... Marcos niño
Lucía Pollán ... Alicia
Luis Bermejo ... Luis
Alberto Chaves Alberto Chaves ... Tendero
Julián Génisson Julián Génisson ... Dependiente joyería
Roser Pujol Roser Pujol ... Doctora
Toña Medina Toña Medina ... Locutora radio (voice)
Marisol Membrillo ... Marisol
Bárbara Lennie ... Bárbara
Israel Elejalde ... Alfredo
Eva Llorach ... Laura
David Pareja David Pareja ... Javier
Lourdes Verger Lourdes Verger ... Chica biquini


Luis, an unemployed literature teacher, is determined to grant what may be the last wish of Alicia, his 12-year-old daughter who is suffering from terminal leukemia: she dreams of owning the costume of Magical Girl Yukiro, her anime star. Unfortunately, the price tag is far beyond his means. But Luis is not one to give up easily, even if it means... abuse or blackmail. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Be careful what you wish for.


Drama | Thriller


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Won the Silver Shell (Concha de Plata), the top prize at San Sebastian International Film Festival. See more »


Oliver: [Before Barbara enters the black salamander room and upon meeting the mysterious Oliver for the first time] Do you like bullfights?
Bárbara: No, not much, truthfully.
Oliver: I don't like them much either, but it is odd that Spain is specifically the country in which bullfighting is most popular. Do you know why Spain is a country in eternal conflict? Because we cannot decide whether we are a rational country or an emotional one. The Nordic countries, for example, are cerebral countries. However, the Arabs or the ...
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Spoofed in Magical Boy (2015) See more »


Haru Wa Sara Sara
Music by J. Sivonen
Lyrics by R. Reiman
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An awesome, creative, and tightly written experience
13 August 2016 | by GelatinousJoeSee all my reviews

The plot is, a father trying to fulfill his daughter with terminal cancer's last wish of a "Magical Girl" costume crashes into the lives of a disturbed girl and a retired professor.

Magical Girl is written and directed by Carlos Vermut and (in a Pulp Fiction style) focuses on three stories and characters that are all equally understandable and fascinating. The story is definitely the core of Magical Girl. It is one that subverts expectation. It can make you laugh, cry, or feel disturbed, and all while being a perfect whole. It is also one that makes for an equally great rewatch. There are dozens of details scattered in the movie that can only make sense on a second viewing. Sometimes, these details can even change the context of a previous scene.

The acting and camera-work are good without being too exceptional, but the way they work with the unfolding events can make them much more effective. And the movie never feels constrained by its budget in any way. The song choices are not only great and incredibly memorable, but they also have an important role in the story.

Magical Girl is one of the most unappreciated gems of 2014. It is entertaining, emotionally powerful, unique, and intelligent at the same time. It takes very little to get invested, and you will be on the edge of your seat. I adore this film and would highly recommend Magical Girl, it is a must-see.

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Release Date:

17 October 2014 (Spain) See more »

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Madrid, Spain See more »


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2.35 : 1
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