Magic Magic

“A young woman seems to be losing her mind in Magic Magic, but the movie itself is even crazier than its protagonist.” – Tim Grierson, Screendaily

Year: 2013
Country: Chile, USA
Running time: 97 mins
Censor Rating: R16 - offensive language, sexual themes and content that may disturb
Genres: Thriller

Screenplay: Sebastián Silva
Producers: Frida Torresblanco, Christine Vachon, Mike White, David Bernad
Photography: Christopher Doyle, Glenn Kaplan
Editors: Alex Rodríguez, Jacob Craycroft
Production designer: Amparo Baeza
Costume designer: Mark Grattan
Sound: Rick Chefalas, Lawrence Zipf
Music: Saunder Jurriaans, Danny Bensi
In English and Spanish, with English subtitles

With: Michael Cera (Brink), Juno Temple (Alicia), Emily Browning (Sarah), Catalina Sandino Moreno (Barbara), Agustín Silva (Agustín)

Festivals: Sundance, Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) 2013 

This unnerving Sundance hit features breakout star Juno Temple (Killer Joe) in a harrowing psychological mood piece from Chilean writer-director Sebastián Silva. Temple stars as Alicia, a young woman who leaves America for a holiday in Chile with her cousin Sarah. Planning to travel to an island, before they can leave Sarah departs for Santiago, leaving Alicia alone with strangers, including the oddball Brink (Michael Cera), a bully who enjoys picking on her. Alienated from everyone, she begins to lose sleep, starts to hallucinate and slowly spirals into a vortex of madness. Silva manages to convey a sense of dread without ever crossing over into full-blown horror territory: it’s a slow burn with gonzo moments, all stunningly captured by Chris Doyle’s cinematography. Silva channels Polanski with sharp nods towards female body horror, and Temple, like Deneuve and arrow before her, anchors the film with a bewitching performance, full of nuance and manic hyperactivity. — Ant Timpson