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Abracadabra

From the director of Blancanieves comes a wacky women’s melodrama with some absurdist supernatural digressions and a fabulous central performance from Maribel Verdú.

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Dir-Scr Pablo Berger
Prod Ibon Cormenzana, Jérôme Vidal, Pablo Berger, Ignasi Estapé
With Maribel Verdú, Antonio de la Torre, José Mota
Spain-France
2017
96min
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If you cross What Have I Done to Deserve This? with Blithe Spirit and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, you might be close to the tone of Pablo Berger’s adventurous film. Housewife Carmen (the wonderful Maribel Verdú) lives with her alpha-male husband Carlos and their daughter Toñi in Madrid. At her nephew’s wedding, Carmen’s cousin Pepe, an amateur hypnotist, tries out his skills on Carlos but the results don’t quite have the desired effect. However, Carmen soon embarks on a quest to find out who – or what – has taken over her husband. From the director of the stylish Blancanieves (LFF2012) comes this madcap woman’s melodrama, employing more than its fair share of genre-hopping narrative digressions, absurdist inflections and some glorious retro-pop aesthetic for very good measure. This isn’t a film for the faint-hearted – prepare to throw good taste out of the window on a rollercoaster cinematic ride where mayhem and magic fuse to formidable effect.

Maria Delgado

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