Geek out on Magical Realism films with Library Adult Summer Reading
















Play Bingo and win prizes.

Sign up  here  for Robbins Library’s annual Adult Summer Reading program and find the Magical realist films’ Bingo square

But what exactly is  the genre known as Magical Realism?

Magical Realism is complicated and defies a one-size-fits-all definition.

Here  are some of the ways this genre has been described…

 It’s what happens when a highly detailed realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe.            …from Netflix

Magical realism  blurs the line between fantasy and reality.

Magical realism is based on the representation of what is possible – but not probable.

A realistic narrative-  aided by fantasy.

While watching a (magical realism) film, consider the narrative and setting  –  then continually ask yourself – is  this normal?

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Are you ready to play Bingo?

Click to reserve any of  these magical realist films

About Time (2013)                                                       

Amélie (2001)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Being There (1979)

Big (1988)

Big Fish (2004)

Birdman :  or (The unexpected virtue of ignorance) (2015)



Black Swan (2011)

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Delicatessen (2006)

Donnie Darko (2001)

Dreams (1990)

Edward Scissorhands (2005)

Groundhog Day Day (1993)

Life of Pi (2013)

Like Water for Chocolate (1997)

Love in the time of cholera  (2008)

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Midnight’s Children (2012)

My neighbor Totoro (1967-68)

Pan’s Labyrinth (2007

Porco Rosso (2005)                                             

Ruby Sparks : She’s out of his mind (2012)

Spirited Away (2001)

Synechdoche, New York (2009)


The City of Lost Children (1999)

The Dark Tower (2017)

The Green Mile (1999)

The Princess Bride (1987)

The Shape of Water (2017)


According to our most restrictive definition of the term, the magical realist aims at a basis of mimetic illusion  – while destroying it regularly with strange treatment of time, space, characters,  and what many people take as the basic rules of the physical world.                   -Jean-Pierre Durix

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