A humble little movie that packs a pretty big punch, Crystal Fairy
was made like a mumblecore film (see: Baghead
, The Puffy Chair
), with an open-ended plot, liberal editing, and improvised dialogue. Except instead of shuttering the thrust of the film behind circular, protracted conversations, Crystal Fairy
sends its protagonists on a traditional emotional arc, leaving both the characters and the audience unmistakably changed by the end of the film -- doing so through a definite course of events, subtle as those events may be.
The main character is an entitled American twentysomething named Jamie (Michael Cera), who i...