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

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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.

Jul 5, 2007 | Full Review…

The film is deranged and hypnotic.

Oct 22, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The Falls is as unique as any film ever made.

Apr 21, 2006 | Full Review…

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

Mar 2, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

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

Mar 14, 2003

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