This was and is the sort of experience that first enraptured and astounded me as regards to the movies. If you have not seen, or in fact, heard, of this movie, let me be the first to tell you about it. Having a breathtakingly gorgeous picture, it has smart dialogues and striking truth that is being told by a broken man to a little dreamful girl. I may call it a genius piece of cinematography, a masterpiece and something like that, but loud words like these doesn't fit this experience that you will have to encounter by yourself. It wasn't that much of a delay, but it bothered. The young Romania actress playing the role of Alexandria is adorable, and Lee Pace as always is superb as the hospitalized, paraplegic stuntman.
I just hope that the filmmakers get enough out of the commercial end of this movie, to compensate them for the great effort that so obviously went into the making of this film and so that we might possibly get another like it in the future. Tarsem Singh's direction is possessed. If this was just a visually moving film, that would be enough but there is so much more. The Fall is a charming, fantastical story with a haunting undertone and features the most endearing child actress since Jacques Doillon's Ponette. Both poignant and comical, this journey of heartbreak and revenge, of discovery and friendship is conveyed with joy, witticism, curiosity and a vulnerability that is so rare in life, never mind in movies, it left me humbled.
The characters were absorbing, and the story captivating. This is not a protest - this is just a story one man named Tarsem had courage to tell. Anyway, I have just seen it and boy was I amazed. This film will make you laugh and cry simultaneously and has a profound effect on the viewer. A story told in such a way as to become a part of your awareness, a gentle reminder of the fantastic, mythical and magical components of what is best in humanity whilst not forgetting what it means to be human. I saw this film two weeks before its scheduled release at the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood. I can not recommend this film any more strongly.
Believe me, you won't find the right words to describe the feel that you will have after watching this one. The first five minutes of the film were arresting, the haunting soundtrack, the beautiful black and white images, I had goosebumps. Every scene is a work of art. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances. In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes.
He manages to capture a kaleidoscope of emotion as diverse and generous as the tones and colors that deliver this movable feast for the eyes. Especially the young Romanian girl, Catinca Untaru, who, not only made her big screen debut in this movie but is the heart and soul of the film in a breakthrough performance that I am sure will garner rave reviews. Imagine that you still have an imagination of a child and an experience of a grown-up who had been struck by the truth that usually breaks people's dreams and illusions. Breathtaking does not even begin to describe the cinematography. It is my sincerest hope that you find this movie as emotive, tender and touching as I. The skilled interaction between the finely divided reality and fantasy is reminiscent of David Cronenberg's eXistenZ. The sheer magnitude of this film is unbelievable, shot in 18 countries, spanning many years for the director to scout locations and cast appropriate actors it is a true work of genius and a commitment by all cast and crew.
The film saw a surprise premiere after another in the festival was canceled. Honestly, I have never seen anything like this before. The viewer is drawn, with Alexandria into a dark and extravagant world through the story of a maimed stuntman who she befriends. The Fall is the story of Alexandria, an injured immigrant child wandering the hospital where she is being treated. It achieves an intense feeling of epic grandeur with its fantasy scenes, which are visually mesmerising.
Moreover, this film could be watched on mute and still make a lasting impression on the viewer through its striking imagery. The color palate is so rich, from the bright orange of desert mountains, to the vibrant red of a blood-soaked sheet, to the opulent green of the Indian's attire. . Its been 5 days since i saw this film now, and I'm still thinking about it. His motley casting of relatively unknown actors is inspiring and refreshing.
It is about love, death, adventure, responsibility, and growing up. The visuals are like nothing I have ever seen before: spectacular, epic,. The acting seems very candid, very real. It had seven days of delay - being promised to be released on December 27th, it got in theaters only by January 3rd. I actually found viewing it somewhat humbling, i just tried to appreciate it tot he best of my ability.