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Open Your Eyes

Best magical-realist film moments

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What do we see when we look at the sky? How does regular life sparkle at the delicatessen, or over the Atlantics? This Showdown celebrates fantasy at human scale. List the ten best films set largely in reality, where everyday objects are brought to life, mundane tasks are made magical, past lives are recalled, and it makes perfect sense. A big fish, a baby lamb, we the animals—this is what movies were made for: the endless poetry of reality, transformed by a subtle shift.

Most mentioned

  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Big Fish
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Magnolia
  • Amélie
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Life of Pi
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Spirited Away
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • The Shape of Water
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Donnie Darko
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • La La Land
  • Black Swan

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