The Fall [DVD]
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Fantasy drama set in 1920s Los Angeles. A little girl called Alexandria (Catinca Untaru) is in hospital with a broken arm when the man in the bed adjacent to hers, injured Hollywood stuntman Roy Walker (Lee Pace), befriends her and begins to tell her a series of vivid, fantastical tales centred around five heroes - an Indian, an ex-slave named Ota Benga, an Italian explosives expert, a masked bandit, and Charles Darwin - all of whom unite to fight a common enemy, Governor Odious. As time goes by, fiction and reality start to intertwine, and the hospital staff begin to appear as characters in Roy's stories.
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It seems some reviewers regarded The Fall as visually stunning but lacking in substance, too contrived, and so on. Some reviewers complained that the film is too stylish, too beautiful, almost like overindulging in sugar-coated sweets. Having now watched it, I can say that it is indeed visually stunning (I think I would have been gobsmacked had I seen this on the Big Screen) and that many reviewers have, in my opinion, been too harsh in stating that the story lacks depth or is too contrived. Perhaps that has a little to do with my own experience as a hospitalised little boy, sitting on the bed of a mountain climber covered in plaster, his arms and legs hanging from wires and weights, listening in awe to his stories of the Yeti. In fact, after seeing The Fall, the film has left me thinking about its twists and wanting to watch it again.
The story is about a silent movie stuntman (Lee Pace) hospitalised following a very serious fall during filming, visited by a little immigrant girl (Catinca Untaru) who has also been hospitalised with a broken arm following a fall from a tree while working in the orange groves. The title of course alludes to both those falls, but it also alludes to other falls in the film, both literal and metaphorical, as you'll find out.
The stuntman has lost the use of his legs and... well, you'll have to watch the film yourself, but a significant part of the film involves him spinning a fantastical yarn to the little girl, and her visualising it.Read more ›
Set in a hospital on the outskirts of 1920's Los Angeles, the film tells the story of injured movie stuntman Roy (Lee Pace from Pushing Daisies), who befriends a little girl Alexandria (an amazingly assured performance from Catinca Untara). Both of them are recovering from falls, Roy from a stunt that went horribly wrong whilst trying to impress a woman, and Alexandria from a fall from a tree that left her with a broken arm. In an attempt to win the little girls trust, Roy begins to tell her fantastical story about five outlaws and their battle against the evil Governor Odious, a story that mirrors Roy's own life and his failed romance, but Alexandria's vivid imagination gives the story a life of its own, as people from around the hospital begin to appear in the story in much the same vein as the Wizard of Oz. However, Roy has his own hidden agenda for befriending the little girl, an agenda that soon becomes all to clear to the viewer, but unfortunately not to Alexandria.
The film is a breathtaking spectacle of lush, rich imagery combined with a surprisingly engaging story. Much has been made of the images contained within the film, and there is no denying the fact that they are stunning, with sequences set in some of the most exotic and beautiful locations in 25 countries around the world.Read more ›
The story itself is a tale of two parts... firstly we follow the story of an unlikely pair, a young child with a broken arm, and an injured stuntman - who broke his back when a stunt went wrong. Set during the period of the first moving pictures, the pair meet in hospital and pass the days chatting and telling stories to each other.
The second story we're treated to in this film, is an epic tale of fantasy - created in the mind of the stuntman and relayed to the little girl part by part on a daily basis. As the story progresses so do event in the hospital... and sadly, life in real world, often isn't as beautiful.
You'll find yourself in love with the cute, almost edible, little girl and gripped as events between the pair unfold. And you'll find yourself staggered by the beauty and vibrant colours and scenery you're treated to in the stunt man's imagination and world of fantasy. Truly it is staggering that places this beautiful exist.
The dialogue too, is wonderful, as are the supporting cast around the hospital who help to make up the characters of the stunt man's tale. The costumes, too, are equally as vibrant and stunning as the fairy tale world in which they're set and all in all, The Fall, is quite a dark affair in places that is simply beautiful to watch. It's an impressive achievement that is mesmerising in many ways and truly stands alone. Recommended for all ages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing, watched it a few times and loaned it out. The girl is really captivating in it and the man as well and it keeps you involved even though the plot is all over the place (he... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Evelyn Petri
The Fall (2006)
this is the kind of a movie which blends fantasy and reality to a breathking level ......... Read more
A wonderful film to look at, like a serious of pictures. Shane about some of the acting
did not measure up to the images
It was received promptly and the film itself was wonderful.Published 2 months ago by jackie butterworth
It is a bit of a strange film, but I really enjoyed it the acting was great especially from lee pace.Published 4 months ago by merry girl