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Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus

Crystal Fairy y el cactus mágico

Directed by Sebastián Silva
Chile, 2013
Comedy, Adventure


While on a trip in Chile with friends, insensitive American Jamie drunkenly invites an eccentric woman to join them and experience the hallucinogenic San Pedro cactus. The woman’s free nature clashes with Jamie’s self-absorbed personality as they head to the desert for their psychedelic trip.

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Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus Directed by Sebastián Silva

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2013 | Winner: World Cinema - Dramatic (Directing Award)

Independent Spirit Awards

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Female Lead

Village Voice Film Poll

2013 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actress

Crystal Fairy’s own magic trick is that it plays out with a lighthearted ease and charm as beguiling as the main characters are aggravating. As with his breakthrough dark comedy, The Maid (wherein the lead listed in exactly the opposite direction of Crystal Fairy’s—so far withdrawn into herself is she that her personality needs to be coaxed out by another), Silva reveals himself to be a humanist, devoting attention to protagonists another director might dismissively skip over.
July 12, 2013
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The film never misses the opportunity to play their opposing temperaments for laughs, but it also pulls off the neat trick of casually underlining their narcissism without losing sympathy for either of them.
July 11, 2013
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Crystal’s odd allure isn’t lost on viewers, either, thanks to a spectacular performance by Hoffmann. Though this hirsute practitioner of healing rituals and magical passes is revealed in the film’s final act to indulge in far less benign pursuits, the actress imbues the easily caricatured role with complexities from the start, hinting at Crystal’s own inability to take herself seriously.
July 10, 2013
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