Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus

July 12th 2013
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • Unrated,
  • 98 min,
  • IFC Releasing
  • Cast: Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Agustín Silva, José Miguel Silva, Juan Andrés Silva
  • Director: Sebastián Silva
  • Writer: Sebastián Silva
  • Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín , Pablo Larraín
  • Executive Producers: Juan Ignacio Correa, Dirodiro, Mariane Hartard
  • Art Direction: Mark Grattan
  • D.O.P.: Cristián Petit-Laurent
  • Editors: Diego Macho, Sebastián Silva, Sofía Subercaseaux


Jamie is a boorish, insensitive American twentysomething traveling in Chile, who somehow manages to create chaos at every turn. He and his friends are planning on taking a road trip north to experience a legendary shamanistic hallucinogen called the San Pedro cactus.

In a fit of drunkenness at a wild party, Jamie invites an eccentric woman—a radical spirit named Crystal Fairy—to come along. What is meant to be a devil-may-care journey becomes a battle of wills as Jamie finds himself locking horns with his new traveling companion.

But on a remote, pristine beach at the edge of the desert, the magic brew is finally imbibed, and the true adventure begins. Preconceived notions and judgments fall away, and the ragtag group breaks through to an authentic moment of truth.

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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Chile
  • Production Companies: IFC Films, Content Media

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2013 Guide Analysis: ""The Maid" director Sebastian Silva helms this first of two projects that he and actor Michael Cera worked on together. Both projects, the other being "Magic Magic," are set in Chile and are scheduled to premiere at Sundance this year. This is the decidedly lower profile one, shot in under two weeks on a shoestring budget. The story has Cera's character inviting a stranger (Gaby Hoffman) to join him on a road trip. Her free and esoteric nature clashes with Jamie’s acidic, self-absorbed personality as they head into the desert for a Mescaline-fueled psychedelic trip. Cera himself calls it a "kind of a meandering movie, there's not really a thrust to it." It sounds unexciting, but we'll see."

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