Fiona is a fairy who offers Dom, the mopey hotel night clerk, three wishes when she purchases a room at his establishment. After two mundane, practical wishes come true, hijinks of all sorts ensue while Dom ponders his third. Fiona's powers, as legit as they might be, are little more than a plot vehicle in this French comedy about a gangly, awkward Belgian couple falling in gangly, awkward Belgian love. At its core, the film is a celebration of the quirk, replete with slapstick chase scenes, witty-ish banter, and surrealist dance sequences (one of which may or may not implicate that Dom and Fiona make love inside an enormous clam shell). If deadpan humor is not your bag, look elsewhere; The Fairy
is as dry as comedies come. But lovers of Amelie
or Mr. Bean
or hell, Napoleon Dynamite
, should dig this artsy take on absurdity. The Fairy
screens at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday (November 18 and 19) at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema (1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard; www.cinemastlouis.org
). Admission is $10 to $12.
Fri., Nov. 18; Sat., Nov. 19, 2011