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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Brilliant fable of storytelling and responsibility. Incredibly beautiful visuals. But it really works because the relationship between the broken people at the centre feels natural and dynamic. Both have much to teach the other. One of my favourites of the '00s.
What an extraordinary spectacle. Movie as metaphor as dream as movie. The morphinated ravings of a hospitalised suicidal stuntman transmuted through the imagination of a Romanian child into an globe spanning epic of magic realist fantasy starring a cast of characters that Wes Anderson would envy.
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.