Sundance Film Review: Crystal Fairy

Posted January 21, 2013 in

Director, Sebastián Silva, Photo Credit: Jose Miguel Silva

Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus and 2012
Sundance Film Festival

Director: Sebastián Silva

Jamie (Michael Cera) an American living in Chile, and his Chilean friend Champa (Juan Andrés Silva) have made plans to go on a road trip into the desert and ingest the psychedelic San Pedro cactus with Champa’s younger brothers (Agustín and José Miguel Silva). While at a house party the night before the trip, Jamie smokes weed, snorts coke and accidentally invites the hippie girl he just met to go on the trip with him.  By morning, Jamie has forgotten about the previous night and the boys hit the road. But the girl (Gaby Hoffman), and American who calls herself Crystal Fairy, hasn’t forgotten—she’s on a bus to the desert and calls Jamie, asking to be picked up. Through the rest of the drive and into the night, Crystal Fairy irritates Jamie and baffles the three brothers with her New Age ramblings and unabashed nudity—the latter of which earns her the name “Crystal Hairy”. When they reach their destination on a vacant beach in the middle of nowhere and finally drink the magical cactus juice, Crystal Fairy gets lost in the desert and Jamie totally loses his shit. While coming down from the day-long trip, Jamie realizes that he’s a judgmental prick, Crystal Fairy reveals some painful secrets, and everyone learns that you can’t force enlightenment. The Silva brothers, all amateur actors, have a natural on-screen dynamic that, combined with the language barrier and culture clash of Cera and Hoffman’s characters, makes for some genuine laughs. With a tiny budget, improvised dialogue and a cast made up largely of his brothers, writer and director Silva tells a true story from his past with believability, comedy and skill. Look for his other Sundance 2013 feature, Magic Magic, part of the Park City at Midnight program.



Time: 1.23, 2:30 PM  Venue: Prospector Square Theatre, Park City

Time: 1.25, 4:00 PM Venue: Redstone Cinema 2, Park City

Director, Sebastián Silva, Photo Credit: Jose Miguel Silva Photo Credit: Sofa Subercaseaux Photo Credit: Sofa Subercaseaux Photo Credit: Sofa Subercaseaux