The Falls (1980)




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After cutting his teeth on 14 years' worth of short subjects, director Peter Greenaway made his feature-film debut with the pseudo-documentary The Falls. The added length does nothing to dilute Greenaway's singular sense of the absurd. The story, if one can truly call it that, deals with a phenomenon involving birds and anacronymically known as V.U.E. The letters stand for Violent Unknown Event, and in the course of the film's hallucinatory 190 minutes we are introduced to 92 of the syndrome's victims whose names all begin with the letters "F-A-L-L." This film is pure avant-garde and obviously not for all tastes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for The Falls

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The Falls turns cinema into a puzzle or game-one that Greenaway continues to play, with increasing indifference to the amusement of lesser minds.

Full Review… | July 5, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

The film is deranged and hypnotic.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Falls is as unique as any film ever made.

Full Review… | April 21, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Its value as cinema is, it goes without saying, iffy, but it's a perfect party movie

March 2, 2006

Greenaway's punning and deadpan humour underscore the futility of this project.

March 14, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Falls

A three-and-a-quarter-hour powerhouse display of imaginative,bizarre, quirky, utterly unique and dumbfounding dissonance.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

ne of the most original films I've ever seen, stuffed to the gills with inventive little bits of business. Definitely not a movie for everyone: it's tough to get through (I doubt I'd ever attempt it in one sitting), has no "plot" and no emotional content, and the gimmicky-ness of it will certainly put some people off. But if you're looking for something fascinating, funny, ingenious, multi-layered, bizarre, and strikingly unique, it hits the spot.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

You have to be a hardcore Peter Greenaway fan to make it through all the Falls (I am). Strange and very original and very long.

Richard Menzia
Richard Menzia

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