The Fall


The Fall (2006)


Critic Consensus: More visually elaborate than the fragmented story can sometimes support, The Fall walks the line between labor of love and filmmaker self-indulgence.


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Los Angeles, circa 1920s, a little immigrant girl finds herself in a hospital recovering from a fall. She strikes up a friendship with a bedridden man who captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the hospital doldrums into the exotic landscapes of her imagination. Making sure he keeps the girl interested in the story he interweaves her family and people she likes from the hospital into his tale.

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Catinca Untaru
as Alexandria
Lee Pace
as Roy Walker
Justine Waddell
as Nurse Evelyn/Sister Evelyn
Kim Uylenbroek
as Doctor/Alexander the Great
Aiden Lithgow
as Alexander's Messenger
Sean Gilder
as Walt Purdy
Andrew Roussouw
as Mr. Sabatini
Michael Huff
as Dr. Whitaker
Grant Swanby
as Father Augustine
Emil Hostina
as Alexandria's Father/Bandit
Robin Smith
as Luigi/One-Legged Actor
Jeetu Verma
as Indian/Orange Picker
Leo Bill
as Darwin/Orderly
Marcus Wesley
as Otta Benga/Ice Delivery Man
Ayesha Verman
as Indian's Bride
Julian Bleach
as Mystic/Orange Picker
Jon Kamen
as Morty
Ketut Rina
as Chief Mystic
Camilla Waldman
as Crying Woman
Elvira Deactu
as Alexandria's Mother
Daniel Caltagirone
as Sinclair/Governor Odious
Emma Johnston
as Alexandria's Sister
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Critic Reviews for The Fall

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (31)

...a movie that not only expected me to pay attention, it assumed that I could.

Feb 2, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The girl and the hospital patients and staff also turn up in his improvised adventure, extravagantly garbed by costume designer Eiko Ishioka.

Dec 17, 2008 | Full Review…

Does The Fall amount to anything more than a vast sugar-frosted folly? I'm not convinced it does, although its wanton extravagance is not without charm. Singh has money to burn and he builds a pretty bonfire.

Oct 3, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The pacing drags and the clichéd tussle between childhood innocence and adult disillusionment can only go one way. Better to experience it than think about it, fair to say.

Oct 3, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

Pace and Untaru generate an unforced chemistry that makes them pleasant company for a couple of hours, but they almost work against the movie's need to establish narrative tension. They appear to be having such a good time that Roy's self-destructive impu

May 30, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4

An achingly beautiful movie and a triumph of location scouting, with more cosmopolitan spectacle than the past three Indiana Jones and James Bond movies combined.

May 30, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fall


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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A multicultural ,surrealistic ,epic story about an adventure where darkness, betrayal and love take place. But that's not the main story ,no, that's the fairytale for the little Alexandria which Roy makes up. Extremely moving and funny. The Soundtrack is a masterpiece!

Eliza Norton
Eliza Norton

Super Reviewer


Colorful and strange. The channeled improvisation between child actress Catinca Untaru and Lee Pace is fantastic, adding a dimension of believability and realism to some rather questionable exchanges of dialogue.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

The story is so large but never covers any true depth. The scenery is beautiful but in the end goes to waste with such a mediocre plot.

paul oh
paul oh

Super Reviewer

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