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Magical Girl (2014)

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The father of a terminally ill girl is determined to grant his daughter's last wish, a ridiculously expensive collectors' costume from a Japanese TV series. The request will drive him into a journey within his city's dark underbelly.

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Carlos Vermut

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Carlos Vermut
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Sacristán ... Damián
Marina Andruix Marina Andruix ... Bárbara niña (as Marina Anduix)
Raimundo de los Reyes Raimundo de los Reyes ... Marcos niño
Lucía Pollán ... Alicia
Luis Bermejo ... Luis
Alberto Chaves Alberto Chaves ... Tendero
Julián Génisson Julián Génisson ... Dependiente joyería
Roser Pujol Roser Pujol ... Doctora
Toña Medina Toña Medina ... Locutora radio (voice)
Marisol Membrillo ... Marisol
Bárbara Lennie ... Bárbara
Israel Elejalde ... Alfredo
Eva Llorach ... Laura
David Pareja David Pareja ... Javier
Lourdes Verger Lourdes Verger ... Chica biquini
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Storyline

Luis, an unemployed literature teacher, is determined to grant what may be the last wish of Alicia, his 12-year-old daughter who is suffering from terminal leukemia: she dreams of owning the costume of Magical Girl Yukiro, her anime star. Unfortunately, the price tag is far beyond his means. But Luis is not one to give up easily, even if it means... abuse or blackmail. Written by Guy Bellinger

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girl | cosplay | cancer | prison | scar | See All (57) »

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Be careful what you wish for.

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota de Fogo See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The movie is divided into three chapters: "World", "Devil" and "Flesh", the three enemies of the soul in Christianity. See more »

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Oliver: [Before Barbara enters the black salamander room and upon meeting the mysterious Oliver for the first time] Do you like bullfights?
Bárbara: No, not much, truthfully.
Oliver: I don't like them much either, but it is odd that Spain is specifically the country in which bullfighting is most popular. Do you know why Spain is a country in eternal conflict? Because we cannot decide whether we are a rational country or an emotional one. The Nordic countries, for example, are cerebral countries. However, the Arabs or ...
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Spoofed in Magical Boy (2015) See more »

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Haru Wa Sara Sara
Music by J. Sivonen
Lyrics by R. Reiman
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Good movie with a lot of convenience and edge.
17 November 2017 | by robobobotic-31291See all my reviews

Magical Girl is a very well shot movie. The cinematography is brilliant and overall nothing of the visuals is a problem.

The biggest problem with this movie is how convenient everything is. I get that Louis as a father would actually fulfill the wish of his daughter, Its not that dis-believable. But the lengths he goes to achieve it. can be questionable. But that's not really the problem I have with this movie.

Barbara's illness for which she takes medications for was never explored. While you can try to make the excuse that "It's left for interpretation" (which YMS did on youtube), Its not really an excuse because you are literally implying that I should guess what's wrong with her. This is not how you make me care for a character. Why does she have these scars on her body? Never explained. While I find it convincing that she would help Luise once, I find it hard to believe that she will go to such lengths, in his second "favour" with the 20k euros (which I honestly find It too convenient that just an accessory would be that much more than the costume itself). It doesn't make sense. Like she's literally risking her life and screwing it up as a whole, just so she can remain with her husband. It just doesn't make sense to me. It seems like a complete convenience for this edgy plot that this movie Is going with. Not to mention "THE DOOR" ritual thing (which just literally came out of no where.).

Now for the 3d act. After Barbara is completely screwed up and her life destroyed, due to her own ridiculous decisions (lets remember that she decided to sleep with Luis. Lets not pretend that didn't happen.). She all of a sudden wants revenge now.

OK, the part that really made me mad and just seriously made me hate this movie is the scene in the cafe with Damian and Luis. So you are telling me, that when Damian threatened Luis with the gun, Luis will just decide to respond with "Bitch"? Are you serious? Like, they literally had the whole time in the world in that cafe to discuss what exactly happened. This is what really made me really angry. He presented that whole phone blackmailing, in really the most conveniently horrible way possible. It doesn't make sense for me, that this would happen, when the guy is clearly smart enough to not throw his life like this.

So, this is how I feel about this movie. For me Its a really "edgy" and It hides its convenient plot in its "deepness".


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