Magic Magic

Magic Magic
Magic Magic
  • R
  • 1h 38m
  • 2013
Fresh68%
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A vacationing insomniac loses the ability to distinguish dreams from reality while traveling the Chilean countryside with a group of adventurers that includes her best friend and an enigmatic American in this downbeat saga. Though it came to the U.S. billed as a thriller or a horror picture, Chilean director Sebastian Silva's Magic Magic is more aptly described as a dark psychological drama with tense overtones. Juno Temple stars as Alicia - an emotionally fragile young woman in her early 20s with a murky history. She joins her cousin Sarah (Emily Browning), Sarah's boyfriend Agustín (Agustín Silva), the couple's eccentric friend Brink (Michael Cera) and Agustín's sister Barbara (Catalina Sandina Moreno) for a retreat in the countryside, but from the beginning, things don't go as planned. In the days that follow, more tension erupts between Alicia and the other members of the group, particularly Brink, who displays extreme anti-social tendencies and grows fond of malevolently pushing the girl's buttons. After Sarah returns, all hell threatens to break loose: Alicia is accosted by a local dog that attempts to copulate with her leg; Brink and Agustín play a dangerous game that threatens to cause Alicia grave physical harm, and it becomes increasingly apparent, throughout, that Alicia is now teetering on the brink of a full-scale mental breakdown, which terrifies the others.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh68%
Critics Consensus: Magic Magic finds writer-director Sebastián Silva in familiar risk-taking form, ably abetted by Juno Temple and a smartly assembled ensemble cast.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Rotten

Silva, like all good film-makers, is a magician. But thanks to the last-minute fumbling, we're lef...

June 25, 2017
Little White Lies
Calum Marsh
Fresh

Juno Temple is sensational in this assured psychological thriller from Sebastin Silva.

June 25, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

Another satisfyingly nasty and well-controlled work from Silva.

June 25, 2017
Time Out
Tom Huddleston
Fresh

The first half of Magic Magic is greatly enjoyable: the performances are strong, the photography i...

June 25, 2017
Variety
Peter Debruge
Fresh

Meticulously acted, gorgeously shot and hilariously insightful about the strange, inarticulable wa...

June 22, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Horror
  • Release Date:August 6, 2013
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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