Synopsis by Mark Deming
A guy whose life is an endless party is suddenly confronted with his adulthood under unexpected circumstances in this independent comedy. Jamie (Michael Cera) is a footloose American traveling through Chile who devotes his waking hours to getting wasted on whatever plant or powder crosses his path. Jamie and his friend Champa (Juan Andrés Silva) are on the road with Champa's brothers in tow (José Miguel Silva) and (Agustin Silva) when they decide to hit the desert of Atacama, which is home to a fabled variety of hallucinogenic cactus. En route, Jamie encounters Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffmann), a fellow American fascinated with New Age philosophies and neo-hippie lifestyles. Jamie impulsively asks Crystal to join him for the trip to Atacama, but it doesn't take long for her to get on his nerves, and the new insights he experiences while tripping on the cactus products only help so much. Writer and director Sebastián Silva (whose siblings play Champa and his brothers) based Crystal Fairy (aka Crystal Fairy and the Magic Cactus) on events from his own reckless youth; the film received its North American premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
American [nationality], battle-of-wills, Chile, hallucinogenic-drug, New-Age, road-trip, traveling