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May 17, 2017
Storytelling set in a world of fantasy to ease the suffering of reality.
April 16, 2017
I had a really hard time getting into this film, despite some great cinematography and a halfway decent plot. I found the characters to be very one dimensional and without much substance. There was no reason to root for anyone in this film. Even though the story that was being told was interesting enough, I really had a hard time following exactly what the movie was trying to do in its final act. As for the acting it was fine aside from the little girl character, I don't know why but I found her rather annoying and this really didn't help me enjoy the film much either
April 9, 2017
Visually elaborate at times, I tended to not like these bits. Although it made us visit quite a bit of planet. I prefered the real story in the story. The little girl comes out as realistically naive, not the regular heroic film girl, which was very unusual in a good way. She still had plenty of guts. Silent films did show extraordinary shots that were dangerous to do sometimes.
½ February 25, 2017
Strangely unaffecting, despite the fact that it was reportedly shot in 28 countries with the express goal of making a pictorial marvel. To be honest, I thought this was all digitally created imagery until I read otherwise (and I have very mixed feelings about CGI anyway) - but even knowing that it is "real" doesn't change the fact that the film is boring. (And, as a fan of the Ron Fricke cinematic travelogues, I do think that a film based on images alone can be successful). Director Tarsem Singh (or just Tarsem) apparently paid millions of his own money to finance the four-year project that sees an injured (and suicidal) stuntman telling a fantasy story to a 5-year old immigrant girl with a broken arm and a tragic past when both are recuperating in a sanatorium in 1920s California. The fantasy story becomes interwoven with the realities of both teller and listener - and transpires in various locales across the globe (naturally). At times this seems pitched for children, at other times it is too dark in content (suicide, violence) to show it to them. Give it a miss.
February 16, 2017
Amazing, breathtaking movie
It's just ubelievable. Very beautiful, the use of color is captivating
The story is simple and yet complicated, very impressive
Actors do their best, wonderful performances
January 19, 2017
visually astonishing !
January 14, 2017
The told story is magical, visually stunning. Sadness and intensity holds strong stemming from the main characters depression. Still, lovely film. 7.5/10.
½ December 6, 2016
Colorful, imaginative, and creatively memorable. However, I could not stand the little girl, Catinca Untaru, which mostly ruins the movie.
Super Reviewer
½ November 28, 2016
Aesthetically stunning, with a wonderful cinematography and production design, this is a highly imaginative and ambitious (yet also certainly self-indulgent) film about love, and it is impossible not to love little Catinca Untaru, who couldn't be any better or cuter, she is fantastic.
November 24, 2016
One of the best locations and shots I have ever seen. The movie itself comes second but still a good one.
November 17, 2016
A masterpiece that is truly underrated.
½ November 9, 2016
While it certainly feels self indulgently aimless, The Fall still functions as a remarkable film making achievement with central characters that are impossible not to love.
Grade: A-
October 22, 2016
4/5 Ratings for The Fall
F: 41%
R: 59%
Action Adventure Drama
September 17, 2016
A very difficult movie to rate. Undoubtedly a stunning visual feast (don't watch this on anything lower than HD), your ultimate acceptance of the film will depend on your acceptance of its final payoff. What made it worked for me was the revelatory acting from then child actor Catinca Untaru. Bravo!
September 3, 2016
Unusual film but I really liked it.
August 30, 2016
The fact that Sausage Party has a higher rating than this proves critics are hacks.
½ July 21, 2016
I give it 4 1/2 stars for editing and picture reasons. The story is good. Wish I could have kept my eyes open longer. I got tired and fell asleep.
June 15, 2016
Very good film. It looks very nice, has quite a few bizarre moments, is a very original story and has this little Romanian kid with a very good grasp of English and an astonishingly natural acting style which sort of blew me away a bit.
June 10, 2016
Wow, where do I start... the visuals, the story telling, the backstory, love, friendship. This film is a work of art!
June 9, 2016
Los Angeles, 1915: stuntman Roy Walker (Lee Pace) is hospitalized, as he is bedridden and possibly paralyzed after a jump he took in his first film. He meets Alexandria (Catinca Untaru), a young Romanian-born patient in the hospital who is recovering from a broken arm, and begins to tell her a story about her namesake. Alexandria is told she has to leave, but Roy promises to tell her an epic tale if she returns the next day. The next morning, as Roy spins his tale of fantasy, Alexandria's imagination brings his characters to life. Roy's tale is about five heroes: a silent Indian warrior (Jeetu Verma), a muscular ex-slave named Otta Benga (Marcus Wesley), an Italian explosives expert called Luigi (Robin Smith), Charles Darwin (Leo Bill) with a pet monkey called Wallace, and a masked swashbuckling bandit. An evil ruler named Governor Odious (Daniel Caltagirone) has committed an offense against each of the five, who all seek revenge. The heroes are later joined by a sixth hero, a mystic. Alexandria vividly imagines her friends and people around her appearing as the characters in Roy's story. Although Roy develops affection for Alexandria, he also has an ulterior motive: by gaining her trust, he tricks her into stealing morphine from the hospital pharmacy so that he can attempt suicide; a choice driven by his love leaving him for the actor for whom he provided the stunt footage. However, Alexandria returns with only three pills, having mistaken the "E" on the piece of paper Roy gave her for a "3". The stories become a collaborative tale to which Alexandria also contributes. Alexandria herself becomes a character: while Roy is the masked bandit, she is his daughter. Roy talks Alexandria into stealing a bottle of morphine tablets locked in a fellow patient's cabinet, and then downs it all. The next morning, Roy awakens from his sleep and realizes he is only alive because his neighboring patient is receiving a placebo rather than actual morphine. Alexandria, desperate to help Roy, sneaks out of bed to the pharmacy. She climbs onto the cabinet but loses her footing, falls, and is badly injured. She receives surgery, after which she is visited by Roy, where he confesses his deception. He encourages Alexandria to ask someone else to end the story, but she insists on hearing Roy's ending. Roy reluctantly begins the rest of the story...

When I saw "The Fall" the first time I was mesmerised by this fantastic, mythical and magical piece of film. Tarsem Singh creates films like no one else with such a vivid kaleidoscope of everything that makes the story truly come alive on the screen. Itīs one those movies that presents a a story that is unlike anything else due to Tarsemīs amazing visual vision. The cinematography, colors, framework, costumes, lighting, and beautiful backdrops. I reckon a dreamlike experience based on an intriguing storyline. The interaction between Lee Pace and Catinca Untaru is wonderful and she manages to be so real in her acting that she seems to not actually be acting. She seems unaware that she is in a film, and just do and say what she would say in reality in those interactions with Pace. The focus on heartbreak, revenge, love, friendship and darkness is portrayed in a very delicate and vulnerable way, but yet in a childrenīs book sort of way. But, when re-seeing it the fact struck me that I didnīt really like the way the story Walker is telling to Alexandria is told as it becomes almost too farcical and melodramatic in itīs performance. Yes, I understand that Singh wanted to really separate reality from fiction in the film, but I would love to have the story more "real" and dramatic. I reckon the film would gain a stronger outcome with that and less a sense of comedy. Roger Ebert gave the film 4/4, and wrote, "You might want to see for no other reason than because it exists. There will never be another like it." And he is so right in that. You must love the dedication Singh has put into this film, shot in 28 countries for four years with only existing locations. I applaud that.
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