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446 Ratings

Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus

Crystal Fairy y el cactus mágico

Directed by Sebastián Silva
Chile, 2013
Comedy, Adventure


Jamie invites a stranger to join a road trip to Chile. The woman’s free and esoteric nature clashes with Jamie’s acidic, self-absorbed personality as they head into the desert for a Mescaline-fueled psychedelic trip.

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Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus Directed by Sebastián Silva

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2013 | 2 wins including: World Cinema - Dramatic (Directing Award)

Independent Spirit Awards

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Female Lead

Village Voice Film Poll

2013 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actress

Hoffmann is excellent, facing off Jamie’s hostility with a palpable sense of inner peace and managing to a make a character who could so easily have been a parody of a new-age nutjob come across like a genuine individual… For a small film that was never meant to be made, Crystal Fairy is quite the achievement, and while it masquerades as a comedy, it runs along sociological tramlines that also relay some ugly truths.
January 17, 2014
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This approach is interesting to an extent, but ultimately the story buckles under the pressure of its own ambiguity. Is there anything more to Jamie besides a crippling pattern of neediness and egotism? Will he ever change? Is Crystal simply a free spirit at peace with her own past trauma? We’ll never know.
July 24, 2013
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The narrative may feel inconsequential, but from moment to moment it pulses with a real sense of uncertainty. That’s a good approximation of what being in your early 20s feels like, when the exhilaration of being newly independent clashes with the fear that you have no idea what you’re doing. In valuing mood over storytelling, Silva articulates this feeling with startling accuracy.
July 17, 2013
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