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Magical Girl (2014)

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The father of a terminally ill girl is determined to grant his daughter's last wish, a ridiculously expensive collectors' costume from a Japanese TV series. The request will drive him into a journey within his city's dark underbelly.

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Carlos Vermut

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Carlos Vermut
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Sacristán ... Damián
Marina Andruix Marina Andruix ... Bárbara niña (as Marina Anduix)
Raimundo de los Reyes Raimundo de los Reyes ... Marcos niño
Lucía Pollán ... Alicia
Luis Bermejo ... Luis
Alberto Chaves Alberto Chaves ... Tendero
Julián Génisson Julián Génisson ... Dependiente joyería
Roser Pujol Roser Pujol ... Doctora
Toña Medina Toña Medina ... Locutora radio (voice)
Marisol Membrillo ... Marisol
Bárbara Lennie ... Bárbara
Israel Elejalde ... Alfredo
Eva Llorach ... Laura
David Pareja David Pareja ... Javier
Lourdes Verger Lourdes Verger ... Chica biquini
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Storyline

Luis, an unemployed literature teacher, is determined to grant what may be the last wish of Alicia, his 12-year-old daughter who is suffering from terminal leukemia: she dreams of owning the costume of Magical Girl Yukiro, her anime star. Unfortunately, the price tag is far beyond his means. But Luis is not one to give up easily, even if it means... abuse or blackmail. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Be careful what you wish for.

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Drama | Thriller

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Magical Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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$213,782
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2.35 : 1
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Pedro Almodóvar wrote an article praising the work of Carlos Vermut, and it's rumoured he wants to produce his 3rd film. See more »

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Oliver: [Before Barbara enters the black salamander room and upon meeting the mysterious Oliver for the first time] Do you like bullfights?
Bárbara: No, not much, truthfully.
Oliver: I don't like them much either, but it is odd that Spain is specifically the country in which bullfighting is most popular. Do you know why Spain is a country in eternal conflict? Because we cannot decide whether we are a rational country or an emotional one. The Nordic countries, for example, are cerebral countries. However, the Arabs or ...
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Spoofed in Magical Boy (2015) See more »

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Prelude in D Minor BWV 999
Written and Performed by Per-Olov Kindgren (as Per-Olov Kindgren)
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Fascinating and disturbing multi-layered experience
25 November 2014 | by mutanteradianteSee all my reviews

(No spoilers in this review, but a couple of ideas who try to illustrate why I've liked this film) Well, despite the fact that many scenes on this film are quite disturbing, viewers could enjoy a demanding and appealing work from Carlos Vermut.

And this is the kind of movie who would let you quite astonished for many reasons. One of these is revealed when you check how violent a scene could be not showing any graphic violence at all, thanks to a wonderful script who works very, very well throughout all the film: this is, indeed, a basic part in Magical Girl, a script designed as a precise swiss machinery. It even works great on many parts who requires a little suspension of disbelief from the part of the viewer. But once you're inside, you remain there.

Magical Girl's power reside on the high complex (but also extremely fluid) multi-layered and interconnected scenes. Quite similar as in Pulp Fiction film (by the way... it would be great to know Tarantino's opinion about Magical Girl).

Also, as it happens on real life, you could witness the huge impact that a "butterfly effect" could provoke. This is very well shown on the film, and it would remain long time on many viewers thoughts.

I really want to know what would be next director's projects, I'm sure that he's going to tune his skills, offering us an interesting filmography.

Go watch it, Magical girl is a well crafted artifact. But beware, as it's NOT intended for young audiences, but adult ones.


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