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The Fall [DVD]

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  • Actors: Catinca Untaru, Lee Pace, Justine Waddell, Kim Uylenbroek, Aiden Lithgow
  • Directors: Tarsem Singh
  • Producers: Tarsem Singh
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan. 2009
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C4OTC8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,459 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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I bought the DVD recently after becoming intrigued by comments (good and bad) about the film on some film review sites. I'm not sure how I stumbled upon the reviews, as the film was released in 2006, but I think it must have been because Tarsem Singh also directed the just-released Mirror, Mirror.

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.
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After creating the visually stunning but emotionally un-engaging the Cell in 2000, it was hard to say exactly which way director Tarsem Singh was going to go with his whole style over substance approach. Thankfully, he has addressed some of these problems with his latest film, the visually stunning The Fall.
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.
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Predominantly set in India , but featuring twenty-five other countries, this is a crisp, clean, visually stunning film. Just like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero and House of Flying Daggers redefined what cinema can achieve, Singh's sublime combination of rich colour, Dali-esque imagery and a vivid imagination - from him and Roy (Lee Pace), the injured man telling the story - pushes the boundaries of cinema's capabilities. It is difficult to forget images of an elephant swimming underwater, or spilled tea merging into a blood-stained sheet hiding a fallen hero's body in a hazy desert. The story is an epic fantasy taking advantage of towering sand dunes, the indigo buildings in Jodhpur and lush gardens of the Taj Mahal, but is as memorable as its locations, cleverly combining self-aware humour with a believable air of ethnocentrism (in the 1900s, is an Indian from India or America, for example?). I'm devastated that even though it did the film festival circuit it doesn't appear to be getting a cinematic release, as it is more than worthy of being seen on a big screen. It is undeniably refreshing to see, in this time of green screens and CGI, that a film can still take one's breath away.
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By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2012
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This Spike Jonze's film is a visual feast. The cinematography and locations throughout are quite astounding while the film as a whole is very touching.

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.
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