The Fall

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The Fall

Tarsem Singh (2006)

112min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Violent fantasy blurs with lovelorn reality in this epic folly from The Cell director Tarsem Singh (billed here simply as Tarsem). Set in 1920s Los Angeles, it stars Lee Pace as an injured silent-movie stuntman who spins an exotic fairy tale for child patient Catinca Untaru so that she'll help him with his suicide attempt. Based on the 1981 Bulgarian movie Yo Ho Ho, Singh's film is self-indulgent, pretentiously camp and hilariously kitsch. Apart from the odd stunning image - a giant bloodstained sheet sweeping over desert terrain, the reproductions of early Hollywood - it's a mind-numbing bore with ludicrous visual flash punctuating the arch posing and bad acting. Far too childish for adults and way too arcane for kids, it's like watching psychedelic paint dry.

Summary

A 1920s stuntman is hospitalised when an accident costs him the use of his legs. He befriends a girl with a broken arm in the same ward by telling her a series of tall tales - while persuading her to steal morphine for him. But as she gets engrossed in his stories, fiction and reality start to overlap. Fantasy drama, starring Lee Pace and Catinca Untaru.

Cast & Crew

Roy Walker Lee Pace
Nurse Evelyn / Sister Evelyn Justine Waddell
Alexandria Catinca Untaru
Doctor / Alexander the Great Kim Uylenbroek
Alexander's messenger Aiden Lithgow
Walt Purdy Sean Gilder
Director Tarsem Singh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MomentumAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Oct 2008
Drama