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Magic Magic (Sous-titres français)

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  • Actors: Emily Browning, Catalina Sandino, Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Luis Dubó
  • Directors: Sebastian Silva
  • Producers: David Bernad, Frida Torresblanco, Christine Vachon, Mike White
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 6 2013
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CZO04WI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,782 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Award-Winning Chilean director, Sebastián Silva, invites you on this thrilling journey to the deepest reaches of your darkest fears. In a foreign country, far from home, Alicia (Juno Temple) arrives in South America to vacation with her cousin, Sarah (Emily Browning). When Sarah is suddenly called away, Alicia is stuck on a remote island off Chile with three of Sarah’s friends, including Barbara (Catalina Sandino Moreno) and Brink (Michael Cera), an American exchange student with a sadistic streak. Bewildered, frightened, and unable to sleep, Alicia’s reality becomes a nightmare from which there is no waking. Ancient indigenous rites, disturbing animal behavior, and captivating hypnotic trances come together in an intense exploration into the darkest corners.. when the games go too far, reality unravels with astonishing and deadly consequences.

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Remember that idiotic Blair Witch movie where a bunch of irritating young people stumble around in a wood shouting and screaming at each other and the screen is mostly darkness with occasional flashes of light to show you something is going on even if you can't tell what? I guess the director of this found it interesting. If you took that concept, set it on a primitive island off the coast of Chile and filmed it in colour — eureka! Magic Magic! There's no plot, nothing worthwhile in the dialogue (a mix of subtitled Spanish and English) , and anything remotely interesting takes place in the dark and is barely discernible in flashes of moonlight or flashlight. Juno Temple gets to indulge in plenty of histrionics and Michael Cera gets to play really, really weird, but the best acting comes from a randy sheepdog who keeps chasing Juno, trying to hump her — or is that just in her head? If Juno's character isn't off her head to begin with this movie will sure have her there by the end.

If you're expecting sex or thrills, forget it; this is strictly psychological. Maybe the director had some kind of grand purpose in mind, but if so he sure didn't get it over to me. And where did the title come from? The only reference to magic comes at the very end of the picture in a scene that I take it is supposed to confuse the viewer just as it is confusing the central characters. But hey, by that time I'd spaced out and didn't care.
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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 6 2015
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Alicia (Juno Temple) visits her cousin Sarah (Emily Browning) in Chile. Sarah is suddenly called back to Santiago to take exams (weak plot point) while Alicia remains isolated with Sarah's inhospitable friends. Brink (Michael Cera) is a tag-a-long who keeps hitting on Alicia who does not like him. In fact I didn't like him. He was immature, prissy, dorky, and creepy all rolled up into one. Barbara (Catalina Sandino Moreno), the host, was cold while Agustin (Agustín Silva) an amateur hypnotist and Sarah's BF lacked personality.

The film was boring for the first hour as sleepless, jet lagged, Alicia didn't want to be on the island anymore than the other people wanted her there. We get clues early on that there are issues. After the first hour, the film turns weird, but I found it lacking in entertainment value because the characters and dialouge had been dead for too long.

This film is not a horror film, nor is it an action-thriller. It is a drama which teases you into thinking it is a thriller. Not something I will own, and regretted the rental.

Parental Guide: F-bomb (2 languages) Nudity (Juno Temple) sex?
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This is one of those films that tries to be deep and symbolic, but fails. It's frustrating to watch at times, and there's no real direction in which this story goes.
Pros: Michael Cera, boobies and girl butt.
Cons: pretty much everything else. The ending will have you saying "WTF?!", and not in a good way.
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By Guy on Oct. 14 2015
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Item exactly as described, fast shipping! Thank you
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not a thriller Aug. 6 2013
By Joseph H Smart - Published on
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Sorta interesting sorta dull drama about an American (Juno Temple) on vacation in Chile to visit her cousin who is a student down there. While she and her cousin and her cousin's friends are heading out of town to a remote house the cousin gets a call and finds out she has to go back to school to take an exam, leaving the fragile American tourist in the company of people she doesn't know who are mostly speaking a language she doesn't understand. Slowly she begins to lose her mind--or so it seems. Juno Temple is always watchable in anything, even movies that aren't very good (I'm talking about you The Brass Teapot), and she gives a focused, extremely intense performance here even though it's frequently hard to figure out what's wrong with her and why she's acting the way she is. Michael Cera plays a thoroughly obnoxious American along with the rest who gets under the lead character's skin in a very bad way--at one point she nearly shoots him while he's sleeping, which is almost understandable. Based on reviews I've read it sounds like Michael Cera played almost the same exact character in Crystal Fairy, which was shot back to back with this film by the same director. This is definitely an art-house film that requires a fair amount of viewer patience. Anyone expecting a thriller (which is what the trailer suggested) will be extremely disappointed.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Cera and Temple are great in this and the movie really makes you feel uncomfortable the whole time, which helps it. I say B+ July 31 2013
By Tony Heck - Published on
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"She's not a bad person, I know her, she just needs a doctor for her hand." Alicia (Temple) is a young woman travels to Chile to visit her cousin and her friends. While there the friends begin to make her feel uncomfortable and she wants nothing more then to leave. What starts off as a fun vacation for her soon starts to unravel and becomes something out of a nightmare, for everyone. I will admit that I was kind of looking forward to this mainly for the fact that it looked like Michael Cera was playing a creepy bad guy. Without ruining anything he's not a bad guy but this is a very different part for him. I have to say that Juno Temple was great in this and should get some type of award. As far as the movie, from the opening shot the movie made you feel a little uncomfortable and never really let up at all. The camera work and the acting really leaves you feeling unable to relax and because of that the movie reaches a level of creepiness I wasn't ready for. Watching Temple start to unravel is mesmerizing and when the end finally comes you are left stunned and not sure what to make of what you just saw. A movie that leaves you thinking and wondering to me is the sign of a good movie. Overall, a movie that really comes out of nowhere and makes you feel uncomfortable the whole time, which in this case is a good thing. I give it a B+.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Different than the trailer implies Aug. 6 2013
By Jordan A - Published on
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Not really what I expected based on the trailer. It's less of a cheap thriller and more of an unsettling exploration of how those with power and ability casually behave toward those who are powerless, weak or vulnerable and the necessity for the latter to be able to process and deal (if possible). I just watched it but I want to watch it again. The characters are multidimensional and the acting is great.
Michael Cera playing someone totally unlike how we're used to seeing him was a big draw for me, and he did it very well. It's unfortunate if people miss out because they can't see past his name to actually watch the movie.

It's a bit slower paced than I expected but really worth watching with a great cast and interesting premise.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating film... Like being in a nightmare... 4.5 stars Sept. 1 2013
By dv_forever - Published on
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I'm always on the lookout for original cinema and recently encountered this little gem. Good movies are those that you think about days and weeks after watching them. How many times has some big movie washed over you eyes and a few days later you wonder, did I see that movie or not? Face it, most films are entirely forgettable. "Magic Magic" is certainly not one of those. Not knowing much of anything about the plot of the film, I sat down to watch and immediately it grabbed my attention. There is a shot near the beginning when the characters are seen for the first time. But we don't see their faces, we see their midsections. Knowing what I know about the conventions of film making, I was taken aback and thought, "this film might be interesting". And man... was it ever.

A girl goes to Chile to visit her cousin. She meets her cousin's friends and gets stuck with them for a couple of days until her cousin comes back from the city to be part of the group. Every character is portrayed in this off-kilter manner that makes them seem like raving psychopaths. At first we sympathize with the main character because she's stuck with these creeps but slowly we the audience begin to suspect that the main character herself may be completely insane.

This is a dark film, a deeply unnerving portrayal of mental illness and subjective states. It seemed a little bit David Lynch at times. In other instances, it felt like a straight up horror film but without any of the horror conventions. There are no serial killers or monsters just a journey through a person's interior madness. The most innocuous situations like petting a dog, going for a car ride, sleeping alone in your room, playing games with friends, everything feels like a Kafka nightmare. The filmmakers turn every character into a demon just with the use of atmospheric lighting and camerawork. One of the cinematographers on the film is Christopher Doyle, who worked wonders with Hong Kong master Wong Kar Wai. The style of the film is very subjective and those viewers seeking easy explanations won't find them.

The director Sebastian Silva is definitely a unique talent to watch and I will be seeing more of his work in the future. Don't listen to the naysayers with the one star ratings, they don't know what they're talking about. There is real quality film making going on here. The main character in this film suffers from insomnia and I myself was watching this film after staying up for about 30 hours. I could totally identify with what she was going through. What a bizarre film. I don't know why it's called "Magic Magic", which seems kind of random, but I don't care. Fascinating stuff that blows conventional horror movies and psychological thrillers out of the water.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An American in Chile Sept. 10 2013
By Collin O'Donnell - Published on
Format: DVD
One of the most deeply unsettling films made in the past few years! Magic Magic follows Alicia, a native Californian who travels to Chile to spend time with her cousin, Sarah. Along for the ride is Barbara, a forbidding young Chilean, Augustin, Sarah's boyfriend, and Brink (Michael Cera), who is just plain creepy. As the days go by, Alicia, who is not sleeping and is taking several kinds of medication, begins to lose her grip and struggles to distinguish reality from hallucinations. The premise of the film comes off as rather trite, but the execution is actually more than effective. Usually, in these kind of 'descent to madness' movies, it is spelled out to the audience at the beginning that there is something 'wrong' with the main character. The charm of Magic Magic is that the viewer is completely alienated through the abrupt beginning and is given absolutely no edge on any of the characters in the film. It is, in this sense, a shockingly real and visceral experience.

Beyond the surface lies another layer to the madness. At it's roots, Magic Magic can be seen as a movie about the insecurities of Americans and their inability to cope under foreign circumstances. Alicia is forced to live in a jungle with no technology and she is driven to tears because she can't use her cell phone. She also tries to comfort herself by reading Freedom by Jonathan Franzen but finds she can't concentrate in her surroundings. Seen under this light, the movie is more unsettling and relatable to it's American viewers.

What really makes Magic Magic pop though is the terrific and incredibly realistic acting from the entire cast. Juno Temple (Alicia) and Michael Cera (Brink) are especially noteworthy in their portrayals of deeply-flawed and emotionally unstable characters. On the technical side, the intrusive camera style mixes perfectly with the ominous, unnerving musical score to create a paranoid atmosphere that doesn't let up for one second until the very last frame.

Chilean writer/director Sebastian Silva deftly manages to create a film that sticks out as both unique and artfully meritorious in the often-corny and unrealistic psychological thriller genre.

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