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The Fairy (Not Rated)

French with English subtitles

The Belgian-based trio of Dominque Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy (The Iceberg) write, direct and perform absurdist comedies in the tradition of Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati. The Fairy is a candy-colored romp set in Le Havre—a non-stop string of hilarious sight gags and madcap chases. Lonely hotel night clerk Dom (Abel) falls in love with wish-granting fairy Fiona (Gordon). He asks for a scooter and a lifetime supply of gas, but can't decide on his third wish. In the morning he finds a scooter parked outside, and Fiona presents him with the key to a huge oil tank. They arrange to meet for a date at the Love Is Blurred bar, run by a myopic bartender (Romy). They fall in love (in an underwater ballet), and Fiona becomes pregnant (blowing up like a balloon). They are parted when Fiona is locked away in a mental hospital, from which Dom must rescue her. With Dinah Washington's "What a Difference a Day Makes" as its appropriate theme song, The Fairy is an infectiously enchanting delight.