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  • Summary: Dom works the night shift in a small hotel near the industrial seaport of Le Havre. One night, a woman named Fiona arrives, with no luggage and no shoes. She tells Dom that she is a fairy, and grants him three wishes. However, before she is able to grant the third wish, she
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    disappears. By this point, Dom has fallen in love with Fiona, and sets out on a quest to find her, leading the two on a series of comic misadventures. (Kino Lorber) Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 4, 2012
    88
    Do yourself and your kids a favor. On the way to multiplex to see "The Avengers," tell them The Fairy is about an all-powerful superheroine. Someday, they'll find the words to thank you.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 19, 2012
    75
    The Fairy may be as close as we'll ever get to a live-action cartoon.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 3, 2012
    75
    One's enjoyment of The Fairy depends a lot on knowing why it's worth seeing. It's a comedy with two or three big laughs, but it's not side-splitting. Nor does it have a particularly compelling story. Its appeal is rather in watching people who have devised their own original style of comic performance and have taken it to a rare level of refinement.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 21, 2012
    70
    In The Fairy, Abel, Gordon and Romy have all of Le Havre as their playground. And now that the they've established the ideal format for their brand of comicbook-style humor, one can't help but wish they show the good sense to keep it at this level going forward.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Feb 24, 2012
    65
    Deeply silly in a classic mode, The Fairy continues the French new wave of near-silent cinema.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Feb 21, 2012
    63
    Re-employing the tools of Jacques Tati and Jerry Lewis, this pleasant fable reclaims artful slapstick with a bliss that's hard to deny.
  7. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 23, 2012
    50
    An alternately effortless and forced French-language diversion.

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  1. Mar 1, 2012
    6
    It's wonderful to be reminded that the film universe is more diverse than the Oscars normally suggest - and also that movies can be lightweight entertainments and also deeply strange. Although less technically polished than "The Artist" and splashed with bright color, "The Fairy" shares some of that film's qualities, for good (funny and sweet) and bad (sentimental and ingratiating). www.momomesh.ch Expand

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