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Poison For the Fairies (1986)

Cast: Patricia Ana Rojo, Elsa Maria, Carmela Stein, more...
Director: Carlos Enrique Toboada
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Desert Mountain
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Supernatural/Occult, Fantasy, Latin America, Mexico
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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In the folklore of the children in this dark fantasy, fairies are the traditional enemies of evil, and the two aspiring witches in this story want to be evil. Told entirely from a child's perspective (so that adults are never shown in their entirety but usually appear as a miscellaneous jumble of arms and legs), this story explores the girls' search for a poison to use against the fairies and which will enhance their own evil powers. Dreams and nightmares amplify the story and help the viewer understand why each child is deliberately seeking out this dark path. This unusual drama won five Ariel awards, Mexico's equivalent for the Oscar. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

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Poison by talltale February 7, 2005 - 8:09 PM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
If anyone out there cares to discover the wretched state of the Mexican film industry circa 1985, do rent POISON FOR THE FAIRIES. Supposedly the winner of many Mexican "Academy Award" equivalents, this pretty, silly and slow-moving movie is mainly interesting for the way in which it treats the "adults" in the picture: they're relegated to being filmed from the rear, or side, or the limbs only. You rarely see a face. What you do see are two little girls (around 10-12 years, I'm guessing) who spend the movie being friends/enemies, one of whom cows the other into imagining that the former is a witch. It all comes to a bad end--and takes forever and a day to get there. Beware.

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