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FFF: THE FAIRY /LA FÉE (12)
November 22, 2011 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Directors Dominique Abel, Bruno Romy, Fiona Gordon
Cast Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy, Philippe Martz
2011 I 93mins Int. salesMK2
At once poised and headily anarchic, the visual absurdismof Abel, Gordon and Romy is one of the most distinctive comic styles in today’s cinema. Following Iceberg and Rumba, their new feature takes their laid-back eccentricity into the realms of the magical. Dom (Abel) is a receptionist in a small seaside hotel. One night, awoman named Fiona (Gordon) checks in, announces that she’s a fairy, and grants Dom three wishes – of which he promptly chooses the first two. Romance soon blossoms between a pair clearlymade for each other – partners in a series of elaborately crafted, audaciously executed sight gags that showcase the duo’s Keatonesque acrobatic prowess and gawky grace. A sort of cartoon fantasia, except with human actors, The Fairy is an idiosyncratic flight of fancy – an oddly fastidious blend of slapstick, circus, dance and trompe l’oeil illusionism. Among the highlights: an underwater balletwith plastic-bag jellyfish, and a hair-raising race to save a baby in peril. Utterly sophisticated yet somehow winningly innocent, The Fairy sees Abel, Gordon and co-director Romy (who plays amyopic café owner) casting a spell that’s entirely their own. (Jonathan Romney / London FilmFestival).
UK DISTRIBUTOR VERVE PICTURES UK RELEASE DATE: EARLY 2012
Edinburgh Filmhouse | Tue 22 Nov 20:15 +PA