'The Fairy': Our first wish is for another movie with this much charm
A review of "The Fairy," a whimsical little French movie starring Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon.
Seattle Times movie critic
'The Fairy,' with Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Philippe Martz, Bruno Romy. Written and directed by Abel, Gordon and Romy. 94 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences (contains nudity). In French with English subtitles. Varsity.
If you are a night clerk at a one-star hotel in Le Havre, and an ordinary-looking woman in pink sweatpants shows up at the front desk and announces that her name is Fiona and she is a fairy, what would you do? Dom (Dominique Abel), a quiet man whose expression frequently conveys exasperated wonderment, does what most of us wouldn't do: He listens politely to her offer to grant him three wishes and gives her a room. Later, after Fiona (Fiona Gordon) has saved him from choking, he takes her up on those wishes — two of them, anyway — and a whimsically deadpan friendship/love affair has begun.
"The Fairy," written and directed by Abel, Gordon and Bruno Romy (who plays another hotel client, an Englishman with a phrase book and a little dog), unfolds in a way that's always unexpected. You never have the slightest idea what these characters will do next, particularly when Dom and Fiona start performing a charmingly gawky underwater ballet at the beach, complete with floating plastic bags for chorines.
It's a slight film, and it's over just as you're thinking it should be, but it's both sweet and refreshingly tart (Fiona is taken to a psychiatric hospital, as a would-be fairy might well be) — and leaves you believing, if not in fairies, at least in a little bit of magic.
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