Los Angeles, circa 1920s, a little immigrant girl in a hospital recovering from a fall, strikes up a friendship with a bedridden man. He captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the hospital doldrums into the exotic landscapes of her imagination.
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Like most of Tarsem Singh's movies this one has very strong and visual stunnig sequences full of fantastic und suggestive imagery, but in contrast to "The Cell" it has also a convincing story. In addition the visualisatzion of the Allegretto from Beethoven's Seventh Symphony as starting point is really amazing.
Full of spectacular images that add up to little, its overload of symbolism is like a Jodorowsky film with the Pretentious-O-Meter turned down to about 7 (from 11). But, okay, the bit where the priest's face turns into a landscape is pretty damn cool.
The gorgeous, luscious production design and impressive cinematography make up for the (albeit typical for director Singh) thin story. Had there been more attention to the story and characters, and less on making this the biggest most visually eclectic film possible, "The Fall" could have really been a masterpiece. But in the end it was vivid, sprawling, and a lot of fun, despite its shortcomings.
It needed something. The visuals were breathtaking, and the story was fun, but like the reviewer below me I felt that the visuals came first and because of that the film never reached its full potential. But oh my, how visually breathtaking it was. The colors were like a dazzling kaleidoscope, and the girl gave such a heart wrenching performance. But a fleshed out screenplay should always come before the technicals.
O suntuosismo e o simbolismo das imagens, o figurino, os movimentos de câmera... tudo isso junto não chega perto da beleza que existia na cumplicidade entre os personagens. Untaru e Lee Pace me arrancaram algumas lágrimas. SOBERBO!
Yes, it's visually dazzling though it's more a feat of great production design and costumes than of direction or storytelling. Aspects of the film are greatly imaginative, like the appearance of the Mystic or the swimming elephant. Yet as a whole it is curiously unimaginative, especially in its unfocused last act. I can't praise little Catinca Untaru enough though. She is real, without guile and captivating.
It's an splendid film, with amazing cinematography. The story is sweet and interesting; however, something happens (i don't know what, exactly) between the climax and the end that left me somewhat unsatisfied. It's worth a watch. Also, it certainly is one of the few films with a child actor in a big role that doesn't make you cringe.
Don't get fool by the comments, the movie is a real bore and the "monkey gets shot" scene is hilarious, the nice visuals everyone is talking about are not really that nice but that doesn't mean I don't like the film. 3 stars out of 5.