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Let's face it - Harry Potter has opened up a new generation to magic. As that generation has grown, the topics they can handle have gotten more and more entertaining. The Trials and Errors of Suzette Le'Ago and The Downstairs Neighbor (or Half Magic) is an excellent example of the kind of story you can do nowadays in the realm of magic.
Suzette is a witch. She also appears to suffer from hay fever. After a chance meeting with her downstairs neighbor at the mailboxes (where she got her wand back from Wand Repair), well, let's just say that he ends up in a bad way, and she has to do everything in her power to make him whole again. She even consults the Holy Texts - Harry Potter, Goosebumps, Wicked, and so on. That particular moment had me howling in laughter!
The performances in this one are wonderful. Sage Martin as Suzette is adorably frantic at times, and she plays the frustration so well. VonDexter Montegut III is incredibly versatile, and makes the most of the moments when he's not completely lifeless. The pair of them work really well together.
This is exactly the kind of film I started Klaus to write about. Sometimes, small genre films, and especially those without dialogue, get over-looked, and that's a shame, because there are lots of gems in that vein, and The Trials and Errors of Suzette Le'Ago and The Downstairs Neighbor is one of the shiniest!
You can see it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by_BFUQ7Lxg
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