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The Fairy  {La fee}

The Fairy
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France, 2011, 94 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Belgium
Genre/Subjects: Comedy, French/French Canadian, Romance
Programs: Argonaut Wine & Film Series, Contemporary World Cinema
Language: French English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy
Producer: Nathaniel Karmitz, Charles Gilibert, Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon
Editor: Sandrine Deegen
Screenwriter: Dominique Abel, Bruno Romy, Fiona Gordon
Cinematographer: Claire Childeric
Principal Cast: Dominique Abel, Bruno Romy, Fiona Gordon, Philippe Martz, Vladimir Zorano, Wilson Goma

Multitalented writer-director-actors Dominque Abel, Bruno Romy, and Fiona Gordon excel at physical comedy. In their whimsical collaboration The Fairy, they keep the sight gags coming. Reminiscent of silent film, this wink-wink fairy tale weaves song, dance, and sparse dialogue into an engaging frolic.

Dom, a hotel night clerk in Le Havre, is chronically late for work because of a broken-down bicycle. One night, after he finally shows up, he makes himself a sandwich and sits down to listen to his favorite recording, “What a Difference a Day Makes.” Little does he realize how fortuitous those lyrics will be. After repeated phone interruptions and an altercation with a guest who tries to sneak his dog into the hotel, Dom loses patience with the world—so when Fiona, a sprightly young woman, arrives, he barely notices. A self-proclaimed fairy, she insists on granting him three wishes. Dom asks for a scooter and petrol for life, but never mentions a third.

To his surprise, Fiona grants both wishes and the couple soon becomes inseparable. Throughout a series of madcap adventures—including a skinny dip in the harbor and attempts to smuggle African immigrants in the trunk of a car to England—Dom and Fiona fall in love. But trouble awaits. When Fiona mysteriously vanishes, Dom panics until he finds her confined in a psychiatric hospital. A hilarious rescue scene finds Dom in an outrageous disguise. And somewhere in the midst of all the mayhem, Fiona gives birth to a baby boy.

Influenced by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Jacques Tati, The Fairy uses stylistic art direction to provide a punch line to each gag and a colorful retro feel throughout.
—JOEY PORCELLI

Sponsored by Argonaut Wine & Liquor, LA Film & TV Office–French Embassy


Sponsors:

Argonaut Wine & Liquor, E.&J. Gallo Winery, Le Central

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