A stunning film from Singh that feels natural in the two worlds it inhabits, both one of the imagination & one of the real world. These worlds eventually begin to meld together, at least for the immigrant girl it does, & she eventually becomes a part of the story. Just like in Singh's 'The Cell' in this film there is a fine line between which is more real, the imaginative dreams of the characters, or their reality.
Visually lush, it's a shame that the script disappoints here. You can't help but watch this and wonder how someone like Burton or Gilliam would have tweaked the material to improve things. It's also a shame that the main child performance is such a poor one. Lee Pace does well, but I encourage fans of Tarsem Singh to revisit and reappraise The Cell instead.
Consistently entertaining - appreciate the colours, locations, and extravagance. Also particularly enjoyed the long shots. Everything looks epic as intended, but, unfortunately, the storyline lacks substance. However I must say Catinca Untaru makes a very genuine and believable character.
Gaspworthy! The spinning, rewinding and spooling of surrealist fable set against exotic of places; iconic fortresses, palaces, ancient civilisations and wondrous natural landscapes. Only a rapier blade's width from the ridiculous, with a cast of elemental characters; from the mystic to the absurd. At the heart is a tiny girl with huge spirit battling to save the hero from his own fatalism. And those lavish costumes!
Undoubtedly impressive how this film manages to explore and present subjects such as a child's sense of wonder and colorful fantasy through the cinematic language. The whole look and feel of it is just so vibrant and playful! I think I probably would have loved this even more if I saw this when it came out though, considering I was 11 at the time. Definitely worth a watch!
What a film! A story within a story, both tales are captivating for different reasons. In the hospital, the relationship between the main characters gradually develops, the little girl is great. And in the fantastical story, well, it's a real treat for the eyes. The costumes and settings are stunning. I watched it twice within 3 days, great both times. Never done that before. I could watch it again already. Wow.
Wie man mit Bildern, Vorstellungen, Geschichten und Träumen im Kino jonglieren kann, zeigt dieser Film auf eindrucksvolle Weise. Nur noch übertroffen wird dieses kinematographische Feuerwerk von der eindrucksvollen Leistung der jungen Schauspielerin Catinca Untaru. Ich bin froh, daß es noch Filme wie diesen gibt und gratuliere zu dessen Auswahl hier auf MUBI.
After watching 'behind the scenes,' even more interesting facts appear: little girl, Alexandria (Catinca Untaru), along with the whole crew except the director, for almost entire shooting process thought that Roy (Lee Pace) ACTUALLY COULD NOT walk – this information makes the film even greater.