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Magic Magic

Magic Magic
  • 2013
  • Chile/US
  • 97 min
  • Directed by: Sebastián Silva
  • Cast: Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning
  • UK release: 18 April 2014

A naive young tourist's road trip across Chile with friends turns into a waking nightmare.

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Magic Magic

Psychological thrills in an idyllic tropical setting.

A relaxing vacation turns into a supernatural nightmare when Alicia (a typically star turn from the excellent Juno Temple) travels to a remote Chilean island to join her cousin and friends for a relaxing break. Feeling bullied and ostracised by the tight-knit group of friends, Alicia can’t sleep and very soon begins to mentally unravel. Meanwhile the superstitions of the local community are brought to bear and the situation quickly spirals out of control towards its utterly compelling and pleasingly ambiguous ending.

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The daughter of Julien Temple also stars in psychedelic drama Magic Magic alongside Michael Cera

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Magic Magic Director Sebastian Silva returns for his fifth feature film with Magic Magic, a psychological thriller set in his native land of Chile. All the elements for a gripping film are aligned: a young shy foreign woman sets out to spend holidays…

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