Not rated | Time: 1:38
By STEVEN REA
Some Spanish with subtitles
So, Crystal Fairy, why are you naked? seems a fair enough question, as Gaby Hoffmann owner of the free-spirit title role in this alternately annoying and fascinating road pic stands before Michael Cera and a band of Chilean brothers, without clothes, and maybe without a clue.
Crystal Fairy is an improvised, vérité affair by Sebastián Silva, in which Cera playing Jamie, an obnoxious American visiting Chile snorts coke, stares at himself in the mirror and prattles on about Aldous Huxleys The Doors of Perception. When he makes an offhand invitation to a wifty hippie (yes, Crystal Fairy) to join him and his Chilean buds on a quest for a fabled hallucinogenic cactus, he doesnt think shell join them.
But she does. Complications, and trippy conversations, ensue.
Shot on the fly, while Silva, Cera & Co. were waiting to make another movie, Crystal Fairy ends up on a beach, and ends up resonating with a pesky charm.
Shes like a lonely tornado, Jamie says of Crystal Fairy before they embark on their expedition the goofball blabbermouth waxing poetic and making a donkey of himself all at the same time.
(At the Tivoli.)
| Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer