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by Mila Wood (subscribe)
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Published October 30th 2013
A psychological thriller that will challenge your mind
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How can a vacation in an exotic country turn into hell and catapult the seemingly idyllic lives of five young adults into a nightmare that will forever affect their lives.

Magic Magic centres on a beautiful young woman, Alicia - played by Juno Temple who embarks on a trip to visit her cousin Sarah (Emily Browning) in Santiago, Chile.

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Together with Sarah's group of friends of whom Alicia have never met; Brink (Michael Cera), Sarah's boyfriend Agustin (Agustin Silva), and his sister, Barbara (Catalina Sandino Moreno), who serves as their chaperone, Sara plans a road trip to Agustin's parents' home in south Chile.

Unfortunately unforeseen circumstances had befallen Sarah and she must leave the group to return to Santiago but has promised to return in a matter of two days.

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Although the change of situation has greatly upset Alicia, Sarah persuades her to stay and she reluctantly agreed to continue on with the journey. But as soon as she leaves, Alicia feels isolated, and with the events that follows in the few days, combined with the language barrier, she is thrown closer to the edge; her erratic and bizarre behaviour becomes so frightening to the rest of the group, that the genuinely fear for their own safety and Alicia's sanity. Together they make the decision to seek help from the region's indigenous inhabitants, the "Mapuche"

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Will this decision save Alicia's life and the rest of the group's state of mind?

Directed by Sebastian Silva, Magic Magic is set in the picturesque isolated countryside of Chile, his beloved hometown. The location features rolling hills in the background, magnificent horses roaming the grounds, majestic lakes and miles of beauty far from civilisation; it is the perfect spot for this film.

Although it's classified as fiction, Silva had heard of a similar story of a young woman who displayed an erratic and disturbing behaviour that rapidly deteriorates as time goes by.

Alicia as portrayed by Juno Temple is an enigmatic beautiful woman in her early 20s. She is emotionally fragile and detached from reality; Temple is very convincing and delivered her part with conviction. She gave an insight of what lurks behind the dark vortex of Alicia's mind, as she tried to separate the facts from fiction and take a hold of the hallucinations (a common symptoms of psychosis) that gripped her mind.

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In real life, it must be unfathomable to decipher what the sufferer is going through. According to the Latrobe Regional Hospital website; it is estimated that one in 1000 people aged between 16 and 25 will develop a psychotic illness.

A frightening statistic.

Our very own Emily Browning took the role of Sarah, Alicia's caring cousin. She was born in Melbourne in 1988. From her role in the Echo of Thunder; she has since proved her ability to deliver great acting, professionalism and went on to greater roles that certainly placed herself in an enviable position.

Michael Cera is Brink. He didn't fail to entertain me in a dark kind of way. The maverick of the group, but soon the laughter ceased and his world turned to grief.

The rest of the cast is equally engaging and even though the Chilean cast spoke in Spanish, it was subtitled and therefore easy to follow.

I found this movie so compelling. It delved into the dark inner sanctum of a person's frame of mind of which psychosis can manifest and without the acceptance of such ailment can cause havoc, not only to the sufferer but also to family and friends.

Magic Magic will grapple your mind in fear, a knot that can't be undone in the core of your brain, and a feeling of a descent into the abyss of darkness where there is no return.

If this genre of movie doesn't interest you at all, just watch this one anyway - just to be able to have an insight in a troubled frame of mind is interesting enough to question yourself and perhaps prompt you to observe closely and see the signs, if someone close to you, or you know is showing an unusual behaviour.
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