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Jun 6, 2008 | Movie Review: The Fall (2006)

The Fall movie poster

I had the fortune of going to see Tarsem Singh’s newest movie, “The Fall”, which emerged in theaters on the 30th of June. The part-fantasy, part-reality movie takes place in Los Angeles in the 1920s and revolves around bedridden movie stuntman Roy Walker (Lee Pace), who, after being injured on a set, considers suicide but weaves a dramatic tale in order to have Alexandria (Catinca Untaru), a young girl he befriends at the hospital, bring him the pills he needs to die.

The movie is of a scale and beauty that reminds one of Kurosawa’s Ran and is a delightful departure from the predictable movies we see all too often — to put that into perspective, consider that the movie was shot in 26 locations over 18 countries. Catinca Untaru’s acting is so straightforwardly raw that one would not be surprised if she hadn’t been given a script – but that’s where the power of the movie comes in. With plenty of clever symbolism and a plotline that leaves you wondering just how much the director is playing with your mind, this movie begs for a second viewing just to do it justice. And it would be well worth your money even then.

The Fall movie scene

The Fall movie scene

Images courtesy of Googly Films via the official film website.

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