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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.

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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
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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.

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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Spain | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota de Fogo See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Oliver: [Before Barbara enters the black salamander room and upon meeting the mysterious Oliver for the first time] Do you like bullfights?
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Ludicrous girl
8 January 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

Horrible girl, ill-advised girl, disturbing girl... Anything but magical.

"Magical girl" has an easily understood plot, which still makes not much sense, because everything is symbolic and with various layers. Which makes the story, quite disturbing to start with, think of itself in a too highly way.

It all goes about a young girl, who is sick, and who would like to have a dress from an anime, a Japanese animation series. Her father, decides to do whatever, but whatever, to get her the dress.

That everyone in this movie has some kind of mental problem, or is in mental pain, is quite obvious. The young girl is probably the sanest in all the story. Too bad we are all the time with the creepy father, a young woman with a dark past, who has a very controlling and creepy husband, and a creepy old teacher of her who has just been released from prison. All characters are quite creepy. And this without taking into account the constant hammering of symbols, which also have a strange patriotic tinge to it (bullfighting to justify that Spaniards are not like the Nordic people but neither like Italians or Latinos?; the very Spanish music or the TV playing a Spanish selection match...).

So, the movie seems to say that people in pain or who see people in pain may do crazy things. It could also be about the sick girl and everything be about her illness. Or about the young woman and the very sick life she has had till that moment (and all the "nice" men that surround her). In the end, magic is conspicuous by its absence, but creepiness overstays its welcome, as the movie is two hours long.


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