The Fall (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Sep 30 2008

Commercials director Tarsem Singh poured millions into this striking fantasia, shot in 18 countries, then self-distributed in the US (‘presented’ by David Fincher and Spike Jonze). It’s a unique undertaking, for good and ill.

It’s 1915, and a movie stuntman (Lee Pace, anonymous) languishes in an LA hospital, where he unspools tall tales to a little girl (Catinca Untaru, captivatingly unaffected) from another ward, who shares with us the images they conjure up in her mind’s eye – huge vistas, storybook heroism and colours so vivid we might have dreamed them. Profiting from jaw-dropping Indian locations, the film dazzles like few others, and its commitment to the wonders of the real world is refreshing. Yet once we’ve been dazzled, that’s it. The pacing drags and the clichéd tussle between childhood innocence and adult disillusionment can only go one way. Better to experience it than think about it, fair to say.
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15

UK release:

Fri Oct 3, 2008

Cast and crew

Director:

Tarsem

Music:

Krishna Levy

Cast:

Justine Waddell, Leo Bill, Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru

Screenwriter:

Nico Soultanakis, Dan Gilroy, Tarsem

Cinematography:

Colin Watkinson

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Mary

For a long time, no film has satisfied me until this. I love the honesty about the men being said through metaphors. I love the acting and the actors - perfect casting! Personally, I think the film is trying to re-send a message worth repeating: When the end of everything is in sight, even a tiny hope will bring a new beginning. A film to treasure.

Mary

For a long time, no film has satisfied me until this. I love the honesty about the men being said through metaphors. I love the acting and the actors - perfect casting! Personally, I think the film is trying to re-send a message worth repeating: When the end of everything is in sight, even a tiny hope will bring a new beginning. A film to treasure.

Tracy

I think the critic missed the point of the film. I really enjoyed it. The film keeps you guessing till the end. It highlights the fragility of the mind verses the inocent imagination of a small child and how the two can combine for mutual benefit. If you understand it you will be left with a nice warm glow, however it is very sad in parts.

Elisa

For those who say the story is not that great, they obviously didn't GET the movie the way it was supposed to be understood. This film is about the inner struggles of a young man told through a fantasy story he tells to a kid. It is not meant to be a "real" story but a metaphor for an inner state. This film is truly stunning both in visual style and in emotional content. It is about the power of love to heal but not in the way we expect. Watch it with an open mind and and an open heart and you ll love it

Elisa

For those who say the story is not that great, they obviously didn't GET the movie the way it was supposed to be understood. This film is about the inner struggles of a young man told through a fantasy story he tells to a kid. It is not meant to be a "real" story but a metaphor for an inner state. This film is truly stunning both in visual style and in emotional content. It is about the power of love to heal but not in the way we expect. Watch it with an open mind and and an open heart and you ll love it

mo

A film you can watch time and time again, it is so stunning, I loved it

mo

A film you can watch time and time again, it is so stunning, I loved it

Buzzinko

Shot on many truly amazing locations, the film gives us some stunning photography and colours, all masterfully filmed and served with well chosen music. The little girl acts so spontaneously and she makes every emotion very alive and believable, but unfortunately the story is dragged out and desperately sad.

Liz

The young actress is so believable with the expressions captured in her eyes and from the slight movements of her mouth. I was mesmerised by her. The scenery is stunning and fantastical. And this was my impression from watching it in economy class on the plane!

Liz

The young actress is so believable with the expressions captured in her eyes and from the slight movements of her mouth. I was mesmerised by her. The scenery is stunning and fantastical. And this was my impression from watching it in economy class on the plane!

jangg

Breathtaking. A beautiful story told in a really inspiring way. I find Lee Pace's voice one of the greatest assets of this movie. And the way the little girl is acting of course.She behaves just like a girl of her age here, unlike most other children in American films.

jangg

Breathtaking. A beautiful story told in a really inspiring way. I find Lee Pace's voice one of the greatest assets of this movie. And the way the little girl is acting of course.She behaves just like a girl of her age here, unlike most other children in American films.

Lee

If you like my photography, you will love this film - the picture composition is stunning, the choice of locations is breathtaking (24 different countries - taking 4 years to film), and waiting for the right time of the day to shoot. There are brown men against blue backgrounds (stunning), scarlet expanses displayed in deserts of brilliant white sand, perspectives with good photographic lines and splashes of colour. The plot is just wow - two people, both with needs. The man telling the story in words, the girl imagining it in her mind. Yet the man will try and move the story to one of disaster because his life has come to that end, while the girl will pull it into hope even though her father is dead and she sees in him both a lover (girlie crush) and a father. The cuts between real life and fantasy show you how the girl is putting herself in the film into different characters and putting him in there also - so the story becomes a conflict between two desperate lives fighting for control of the ending. Who will win? Will the man's hopelessness destroy the hope of the girl? Or will he bow down to the girl's urging that he brings life back to his own life and saves the story from hopelessness? And what of the eucharist she gives him? Is she really saving his soul as he jokes by her refusal to let him self-destruct? This is a most stunningly perfect film.

Lee

If you like my photography, you will love this film - the picture composition is stunning, the choice of locations is breathtaking (24 different countries - taking 4 years to film), and waiting for the right time of the day to shoot. There are brown men against blue backgrounds (stunning), scarlet expanses displayed in deserts of brilliant white sand, perspectives with good photographic lines and splashes of colour. The plot is just wow - two people, both with needs. The man telling the story in words, the girl imagining it in her mind. Yet the man will try and move the story to one of disaster because his life has come to that end, while the girl will pull it into hope even though her father is dead and she sees in him both a lover (girlie crush) and a father. The cuts between real life and fantasy show you how the girl is putting herself in the film into different characters and putting him in there also - so the story becomes a conflict between two desperate lives fighting for control of the ending. Who will win? Will the man's hopelessness destroy the hope of the girl? Or will he bow down to the girl's urging that he brings life back to his own life and saves the story from hopelessness? And what of the eucharist she gives him? Is she really saving his soul as he jokes by her refusal to let him self-destruct? This is a most stunningly perfect film.

Lainey

This is the most beautiful film I've seen this year, and possibly ever. Tarsem is an extraordinary visualist and the landscapes are gorgeous. The chemistry between Roy and Alexandria is real and very touching - and I love how everything is seen through Alexandria's eyes, creating the luscious landscapes of her mind. Simply wonderful and heartbreaking.

Lainey

This is the most beautiful film I've seen this year, and possibly ever. Tarsem is an extraordinary visualist and the landscapes are gorgeous. The chemistry between Roy and Alexandria is real and very touching - and I love how everything is seen through Alexandria's eyes, creating the luscious landscapes of her mind. Simply wonderful and heartbreaking.

big dave

Worth investing the time to simply sit, relax and nourish your eyes. I've seen lots of criticism of the plot (or lack of), but to me that was almost the point of this film. Improvisation, unusual narrative paths, taking in delight in small details and grand camerawork alike. It has done something so vital that so many Hollywood productions miss, I left the cinema feeling refreshed and exhilarated. But maybe that's just me?

big dave

Worth investing the time to simply sit, relax and nourish your eyes. I've seen lots of criticism of the plot (or lack of), but to me that was almost the point of this film. Improvisation, unusual narrative paths, taking in delight in small details and grand camerawork alike. It has done something so vital that so many Hollywood productions miss, I left the cinema feeling refreshed and exhilarated. But maybe that's just me?

Luci

This was beautiful and unusual. It wanders into the strange meshed imagination of two invalids - a suicidal man and a 5 year old girl in plaster cast- as they step into a shifting, skewiff tale of colourful bandits and dark warriors. Split between bright, sweeping lands, peppered with mythical looking buildings, and the intimate confines of a dimly lit hospital room, the film flits between darkness and whimsy. There are some delightful scenes of miscommunication, and the girl is wonderfully believable and un-Hollywood, with fearless broken English and missing teeth. She potters about, peeking into adult scenes of darkness and death, and we watch her taking it all in; we see the cogs whirring. It shows the confusion and wonder of being that age, and the boundless, jumbled imagination of a young mind. I’d see it again, i recommend it

Luci

This was beautiful and unusual. It wanders into the strange meshed imagination of two invalids - a suicidal man and a 5 year old girl in plaster cast- as they step into a shifting, skewiff tale of colourful bandits and dark warriors. Split between bright, sweeping lands, peppered with mythical looking buildings, and the intimate confines of a dimly lit hospital room, the film flits between darkness and whimsy. There are some delightful scenes of miscommunication, and the girl is wonderfully believable and un-Hollywood, with fearless broken English and missing teeth. She potters about, peeking into adult scenes of darkness and death, and we watch her taking it all in; we see the cogs whirring. It shows the confusion and wonder of being that age, and the boundless, jumbled imagination of a young mind. I’d see it again, i recommend it

sidtheyid

This is one of the worst films I have ever seen. Tarsem is not a director but an onanist on a grand scale with too much money and not a clue about script writing or directing actors.

I&#039;m Just Sayin&#039;

Seriously, if you haven't seen this film yet , make a point of going because it will be one of the best movies you have ever enjoyed, and you have the rare opportunity to see in on the big screen (it's from 2006 and back, but who knows for how long, it's been playing for a few weeks already...)

I&#039;m Just Sayin&#039;

Seriously, if you haven't seen this film yet , make a point of going because it will be one of the best movies you have ever enjoyed, and you have the rare opportunity to see in on the big screen (it's from 2006 and back, but who knows for how long, it's been playing for a few weeks already...)

B KIte

It's been a long time when I've had such a visual, acting, directing and story telling feast. Wonderful!

B KIte

It's been a long time when I've had such a visual, acting, directing and story telling feast. Wonderful!