LA FEE / THE FAIRY

SYNOPSIS
This wonderful homage to the physical comedy and slapstick of earlier movie eras kicks off when Dom (cowriter and codirector Dominique Abel), a mild-mannered hotel clerk in Le Havre, is visited by Fiona (cowriter and codirector Fiona Gordon), a redheaded woman who claims to be a fairy. She fulfills two of the night porter’s wishes: a scooter and a perpetual supply of gasoline. But does Fiona really have supernatural powers, or is this spritely lady certifiably insane? As Dom tries to come up with his final wish, The Fairy unfolds as one ingenious sight gag after another: an underwater ballet, a belly that swells to fully pregnant in mere seconds, a baby with remarkable balancing powers. Former circus and theater performers, Abel and Gordon are elegant, acrobatic actors; their rubber-limbed antics recall those of great silent-movie stars like Buster Keaton. Other influences abound—the candy-colored mise-en-scène and crisp compositions suggest the films of both Jacques Tati and Aki Kaurismaki—but The Fairy transcends these inspirations to become a wild, hilarious, one-of-a-kind experience.

“The Belgo-Canadian-French trio, who specialize in pantomime and circus-style theatrics, have a clownlike knack for finding humor in the everyday.”
Peter Debruge, Variety

DIRECTOR
Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy

SCREENPLAY
Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy

CAST
Dom: Dominique Abel
Fiona: Fiona Gordon
John: Philippe Martz
The Owner of L’Amour Flou: Bruno Romy

GENRE Comedy
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 93’
PRODUCTION France, Belgium, 2011
RATING Not Rated
FORMAT(S) 35, Blu-ray

DISTRIBUTOR
Kino Lorber Edu