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Crystal Fairy
     

Crystal Fairy

Director: Sebastián Silva, Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Agustin Silva

Cast: Sebastián Silva, Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Agustin Silva

 

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A guy whose life is an endless party is suddenly confronted with his adulthood under unexpected circumstances in this independent comedy. Jamie (Michael Cera) is a footloose American traveling through Chile who devotes his waking hours to getting wasted on whatever plant or powder crosses his path. Jamie and his friend Champa (

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A guy whose life is an endless party is suddenly confronted with his adulthood under unexpected circumstances in this independent comedy. Jamie (Michael Cera) is a footloose American traveling through Chile who devotes his waking hours to getting wasted on whatever plant or powder crosses his path. Jamie and his friend Champa (Juan Andrés Silva) are on the road with Champa's brothers in tow (José Miguel Silva) and (Agustin Silva) when they decide to hit the desert of Atacama, which is home to a fabled variety of hallucinogenic cactus. En route, Jamie encounters Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffmann), a fellow American fascinated with New Age philosophies and neo-hippie lifestyles. Jamie impulsively asks Crystal to join him for the trip to Atacama, but it doesn't take long for her to get on his nerves, and the new insights he experiences while tripping on the cactus products only help so much. Writer and director Sebastián Silva (whose siblings play Champa and his brothers) based Crystal Fairy (aka Crystal Fairy and the Magic Cactus) on events from his own reckless youth; the film received its North American premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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A humble little movie that packs a pretty big punch, Crystal Fairy was made like a mumblecore film (see: Baghead, The Puffy Chair, Humpday), with an open-ended plot, liberal editing, and improvised dialogue. Except instead of shuttering the thrust of the film behind circular, protracted conversations, Crystal Fairy sends its protagonists on a traditional emotional arc, leaving both the characters and the audience unmistakably changed by the end of the film -- doing so through a definite course of events, subtle as those events may be. The main character is an entitled American twentysomething named Jamie (Michael Cera), who is spending his summer in Chile doing drugs and making people feel uncomfortable. Cera nails the performance as the kind of arrogant kid who talks incessantly and without guile about his personal journey of self-discovery while simultaneously acting like a conceited, condescending jerk at every turn. He's at a party with his Chilean roommate Champa (Juan Andrés Silva) when he meets a borderline-annoying hippie who calls herself Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffman). Jamie initially begins a conversation with Crystal Fairy because he feels the need to earnestly inform her that her free-spirited dancing is "embarrassing herself," but the fact that the girl speaks with such shamelessly positive New Age sweetness completely sways Jamie on his opinion of her, mostly because he is extremely high on cocaine. Pretty soon, Jamie is inviting Crystal Fairy to come with him and Champa the next day, when they plan to pick up Champa's two brothers (played by director Sebastián Silva's real-life siblings) and take a road trip down to the ocean, where they can pick and boil down a San Pedro cactus and all do mescaline on the beach. Of course, Jamie only endorses this idea for the duration of his coke high, and when he wakes up sober the next day, he's horrified that Crystal Fairy has accepted his invitation. But Champa and his brothers are fine with the funky girl and her disarming, if ridiculous banter about vibrations and chakras, and more importantly, they are too considerate to reject Crystal Fairy when she was given an explicit invitation. Interestingly, what makes the ensuing journey most compelling is that Jamie isn't completely wrong about Crystal Fairy; anyone can see that some portion of her talk about seeing auras and performing Healing Energy Work is probably BS, but the point is that this observation doesn't offer any insight about why she would adopt this pretense, or explore whether there is really any harm in her choosing to take on a persona whose chief attributes are positivity and joy. Jamie's rude passive aggression contrasts with the "just roll with it" attitude of Champa and his brothers, who intuitively understand that the pleasure of nearly anything lies in the process, not merely the end result. This principle would seem to apply to the entire movie, which does indeed offer a very moving conclusion -- one that provides the most satisfaction if you're on board with the characters from beginning to end.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2013
UPC:
0030306988795
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
NR
Source:
Ifc Independent Film
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
54,291

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Behind the scenes; Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Cera Jamie
Gaby Hoffmann Crystal Fairy
Agustin Silva Pilo
Juan Andrés Silva Champa
José Miguel Silva Lel

Technical Credits
Sebastián Silva Director,Editor,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Andrea Carrasco-Stuven Executive Producer
Juan Ignacio Correa Executive Producer
Roberto Espinoza Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Grattan Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Mariane Hartard Executive Producer
Rocio Jadue Executive Producer
Pablo Larrain Producer
Juan de Dios Larraín Producer
Cristián Petit Laurent Cinematographer
Diego Macho Editor
Pedro Subercaseaux Score Composer
Sofía Subercaseaux Editor,Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Crystal Fairy
1. Opening Credits [9:18]
2. Can't Afford It [7:23]
3. Real Coffee [7:39]
4. All Sugar [6:04]
5. Would You Rather [8:19]
6. So Close [8:03]
7. Remove The Skin [7:13]
8. Break The Ice [7:34]
9. Empty Stomachs [10:03]
10. Jeans Are Weird [12:05]
11. Lost My Clothes [12:08]
12. Ending Credits [2:40]

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