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The Fall
- Catinca Untaru

Overview - After creating the visually impressive film THE CELL in 2000, director Tarsem Singh dropped his last name to become simply Tarsem. His follow up, THE FALL, is just as beautiful as his previous work and features a stamp of approval from David Fincher and Spike Jonze.  Read more...

 
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Overview

After creating the visually impressive film THE CELL in 2000, director Tarsem Singh dropped his last name to become simply Tarsem. His follow up, THE FALL, is just as beautiful as his previous work and features a stamp of approval from David Fincher and Spike Jonze. Like those celebrated directors, Tarsem got his start in the highly visual medium of music videos, and THE FALL is appropriately one of the most striking films to hit the screen in recent memory. Set in Los Angeles in 1915, the story revolves around a five-year-old girl (Catinca Untaru) named Alexandria, who wanders around a hospital after breaking her arm. There she meets bedridden Roy (Lee Pace of PUSHING DAISIES), a Hollywood stuntman who is paralyzed after an ill-fated attempt to impress a woman. Roy beguiles Alexandria with a tale that mirrors his own failed romance but his imagination takes it to new levels. People in the hospital appear in the story à la THE WIZARD OF OZ, but it's a surreal, fantastic epic that enchants Alexandria and convinces her to bring morphine pills to Roy so he can commit suicide. Based on the Bulgarian film YO HO HO, THE FALL is an excellent example of a triumph of style over substance. The plot is interesting and the acting is solid--particularly the work from first-time Romanian actress Untaru--but it's hard to pay attention to any of that when Colin Watkinson's cinematography and Ged Clarke's production design are so stunning. Though Tarsem is working in a vein similar to Guillermo del Toro and Terry Gilliam, THE FALL is a uniquely gorgeous work that will impress anyone who values beauty in film.

Cast List

Ged Clarke - Production designer
Dan Gilroy - Screenwriter/"Freejack"
Nico Soultanakis - Screenwriter
Marcus Wesley - Actor
Catinca Untaru - Actress
Tarsem - Indian director, THE CELL
Tarsem Singh - Indian director, THE CELL
Tarsem Duamdwar - Indian director, THE CELL
Sean Gilder
Leo Bill - Actor, TWO MEN WENT TO WAR (2003)
Justine Waddell - South African Actress
Krishna Levy
Valeri Petrov - Screenwriter
Robin Smith - South African Actor
Daniel Caltagirone - Actor-Legionnaire
David Fincher - American director
Lee Pace - Star, SOLDIER'S GIRL
Ajit Singh - Executive producer
Tommy Turtle - Executive producer
Eiko Ishioka - costume designer
Spike Jonze - Filmmaker/Actor
Julian Bleach - Actor, THE BROTHERS GRIMM (2005)
Jeetu Verma - Actor
Emil Hostina - Actor
Robert Duffy - Editor
Colin Watkinson - Director of photography

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 117
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396265608
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for some violent images)
  • Release Date: January 2011

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Fantasy
Theatrical Release
Los Angeles, California
Actors
Storytelling
Stunt People
Fantasy Worlds

 
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Reviews:
3 stars out of 4 -- "The surrealistic visuals in this ambitious film are unlike anything you're likely to see or have seen....It's the masterful cinematography and otherworldly locations that leave a lasting impression..." - 05/09/2009 USA Today


"[F]ull of visual bedazzlement and wonder....A multi-leveled, smart, jaw-droppingly beautiful, big-hearted piece of entertainment..." - 05/09/2008 Premiere


3 stars out of 5 -- "Music video director Tarsem has built on a talent for knock-out fantasy visuals last showcased in 2000's THE CELL. THE FALL looks like nothing on Earth..." - 11/01/2008 Empire, p.78


"[A]n extravagant visual orgy, a free fall from reality into uncharted realms." - 12/05/2008 Chicago Sun-Times


4 stars out of 5 -- "Tarsem has perfected an eye-popping marvel....A parade of spectacular, CGI-free setpieces..." - 01/01/2009 Total Film, p.153

 
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