Magic realism in movies

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A few weeks ago, I suggested that my girlfriend watch The Fall (2006) with me, as I knew she would appreciate it and it had been awhile since I’d last seen Tarsem’s masterpiece. She loved it so much that I was inspired to try to put together a list of some movies and TV shows from the past 15 years that feature magic realism, or at least surrealism. Here’s what I came up with. Many of these films are favorites of mine.

The Fall Magic realism movies from the past 15 years

Recent magic realism television shows

If you want more recommendations, Filmometer.com includes ratings and reviews of every film and TV show I’ve seen since 1997.

As for magic realism authors, here are a few: Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Haruki Murakami, Aimee Bender, Jonathan Lethem and Richard Brautigan.

Lastly, I feel like mentioning Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, even though I wouldn’t call the work magic realism.

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