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  • The entitled jerk angle is much better realized than in Crystal Fairy (maniac Cera as one segment of a unified front of cold dickishness, as opposed to a single monstrous weirdo lording over intimidated Chilean brothers) but this is so much worse, partially because watching a mentally damaged teen get passive-aggressively bullied by insensitive but not especially evil people doesn’t make for the kind of baroque drama this seems to be seeking.

  • There's magic in meanness, hostile group dynamics on the worst trip ever, innocent abroad Juno Temple repelled by foreign customs, the unkindness of strangers, the semi-latent piggishness of men (one of them brings his hard-on to the breakfast table) and bitchiness of women. Then it turns out Juno has some problems herself and the film slides into Repulsionterritory, but it's still pretty gripping...

  • The film makes good use of a pretty dusty gimmick, but, to Silva’s credit, he seems less interested in the conventions of the genre than in engaging with the very real ways people ignore and reject mental illness. And while the end result hardly resembles a position paper, it at least aspires to have something serious to say.

  • ...Adding to the sense of vertigo is the fact that Silva's directorial perspective keeps shifting.Magic Magic puts us in Alicia's shoes for a bit, then considers how the other characters see her, but never sticks with one point of view for very long. This might explain why some reviewers have described Magic Magic as a failed horror film. Personally, I regard the seeming lack of focus as another sign of Silva's underlying compassion for his subjects.

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