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Simon the Magician
Simon the Magician
Actors: Peter Andorai, Julie Delarme, Péter Halász, Hubert Koundé, Mari Nagy
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2004     1hr 40min

This astonishing feature pits two mysterious magicians - both masters of mind over matter - in a deadly duel. Simon, a sorcerer with supernatural powers, is summoned to Paris to solve a murder. There, though he doesn't spe...  more »


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Actors: Peter Andorai, Julie Delarme, Péter Halász, Hubert Koundé, Mari Nagy
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance
Studio: Facets
Format: DVD - Black and White - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/13/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: French, Hungarian
Subtitles: English

Movie Reviews

No Magic Here
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 04/09/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Note: Original languages are French/Hungarian with English subtitles.

Very slow story that doesn't deliver in the end. An updated version of the apocryphal confrontation between Jesus and Simon the Magician, this Simon lives in modern day Hungary and comes to France to work with the French police on a murder case. During his stay he solves the crime, falls in love with a young girl and renews an acquaintance with an old rival who challenges him to a test of magical power. They both agree to be buried alive for three days and see who is powerful enough to survive.

You keeping waiting for something to happen but it never does. With such a wonderfully original concept it could have been a great film, but this movie proves that a good idea doesn't equal a good movie."
An underground burial duel !!
Rizzo | Denver, CO | 01/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There remains an air of somber and mysterious feeling throughout this French movie. It is quiet, lacks an intrusive soundtrack, and occasionally, we see stunning panoramic view of Paris. The film lacks color, but it is not in black and white, just that gritty appearance enhancing the somber mood.

Hungarian, Simon the magician, is summoned by police to solve a murder. The man arrives and with the aid of a translator, and he requires a biologist and some high-tech equipment to analyze the house plant's energy and said the plant will identify the killer.

He solves the murder and tries to escape anymore unwanted publicity, as he prefers to be alone in his work. He also falls into these trance-like sleeps almost anywhere he is at the time.

Simon, in his mid-to late 50's, falls for a very young college girl who was conducting surveys on the street. The two are attracted.

Meanwhile, a rival magician connects with Simon the magician to challenge him to a duel. The two are to be buried underground for 3 days. The rival magician has a system that uses the "bear's brain" technique that will allow him to remain underground in this Houdini-type challenge and his plan is methodically layed out.

The two are tested by medical professionals, both put underground and monitored. Then, you will see which one survives, and the outcome of the relationship. ....MzRizz"