Photographing Fairies

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"Another world… as close as the beat of your heart"
  • R
  • 1997
  • 1 hr 44 min
  • 6.8  (2,829)

"Photographing Fairies" is a 1997 British fantasy film that explores the world of the supernatural and the power of imagination. The movie tells the story of Charles Castle, a young photographer played by Toby Stephens, who is desperate to prove the existence of fairies after his friend, an amateur photographer, is ridiculed for claiming to have seen them.

The film is set in the early 20th century in rural England, where Charles begins his quest to photograph the elusive creatures. His journey takes him to a remote village, where he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman named Beatrice, played by Emily Woof. Beatrice is a spiritualist who believes in the existence of fairies and has been trying to capture them on film for years. She becomes Charles' guide, but their relationship is tested when his scientific approach clashes with her supernatural beliefs.

As Charles becomes more obsessed with his quest, he catches a glimpse of the mystical world of the fairies and begins to lose touch with his rational mind. His photographs slowly start to reveal the fairies' secret world, but they also reveal a darker side to their mystical realm, one that threatens to consume Charles entirely.

Throughout the film, there is a sense of tension and unease as Charles and Beatrice struggle to reconcile their worldviews, and as the mystery of the fairies deepens. As their quest progresses, they begin to realize that their search for the truth about the fairies is leading them down a dangerous path, and that the secrets they uncover may have consequences that they cannot control.

In addition to the central story of the fairies, the film also explores themes of grief, loss, and the power of storytelling. Charles is haunted by the death of his young daughter, and his quest to photograph the fairies becomes a way for him to cope with his loss. Beatrice, too, is grappling with her own loss and has turned to the supernatural as a source of comfort.

Ben Kingsley appears in a brief but pivotal role in the film, playing a scientist who is skeptical of Charles' claims and serves as a foil to his character. Kingsley brings his signature gravitas to the role, providing a counterbalance to the otherworldly elements of the film.

Visually, "Photographing Fairies" is a stunning film, with beautiful cinematography and special effects that bring the fairies to life. The filmmakers relied heavily on practical effects rather than CGI, which gives the film a timeless quality and makes the fairies feel more real and tangible.

Overall, "Photographing Fairies" is a thought-provoking and visually stunning film that explores the intersection between science and spirituality, reality and imagination. The film is a thoughtful meditation on grief and loss, and the power of the stories we tell to make sense of the world around us.

Photographing Fairies is a 1997 mystery with a runtime of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8.

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    6.8  (2,829)