Film Review – The Fall (2006)

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Title – The Fall (2006)

Director – Tarsem Singh (Immortals)

Cast – Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Leo Bill, Marcus Wesley

Plot – In a 1920’s Los Angeles hospital young girl Alexandria (Untaru) strikes up a friendship with bed ridden movie stunt man Roy Walker (Pace) who entertains her with epic tales of adventure, love and revenge that takes a dark turn as Roy’s fractured mental state starts to inhabit both the stories and the real world.

“We’re a strange pair, aren’t we?”

Review by Eddie on 28/07/2014

A gem of a movie that remains largely and strangely unseen even these 8 years on from its original release, Tarsem Singh’s 2006 film The Fall which is proudly presented to the public by Spike Jonze and David Fincher is a unique and often startling tale which features some of the most dazzling imagery of modern cinema and a story that while ultimately quite simple is emotionally affecting.

Director Tarsem Singh has subsequently gone on to make the Hollywood films Immortal’s and Mirror Mirror and one feels that those films were won thanks to his efforts behind the camera here and while those films were solid and ultimately forgettable pretty pictures, The Fall showcases a whole different side to Singh which gives off the feeling that one day the moulding of his visual sense and the added effect of a truly rounded story will combine to create something even stronger than his efforts here. In The Fall Singh presents at a very high frequency images that will last long in the memory, from elephants swimming in the open seas through to a burning carriage in a forlorn desert, many scenes in this artistically beautiful tale could be transported straight into a painting. The Fall while largely formed around these impressive vistas and set pieces is also transcended to greater heights thanks to some fantastic acting and very loveable characters.

Centring an at its core quite dark tale around young actress Catinca Untaru as injured girl Alexandria and her friendship with fellow hospital patient and internally haunted stunt man Roy Walker played by the charismatic Lee Pace (who won his role in the Hobbit trilogy on the back of his performance here) could have been a movie killing move by Singh but both these actors are up for the task with Untaru in particular creating one of the most memorable child performances of the last decade, showing a great range of emotion and likeability within a girl that has her own demons to deal with. The on screen relationship between these two characters is a real strong point and showcases that Singh has the ability to handle his actors as well as he does his visuals, which wasn’t so evident in his big budget forays.

With outstanding cinematography from Colin Watkinson, fine direction by a very talented director who has much still to give and well-acted by its cast of largely unknowns, it’s not hard to see why The Fall is held in such high esteem by many that have caught it and a rating inching towards a rounded 8 on IMDB showcases that this film has many fans the world over. For something completely different and for something consistently beautiful, The Fall is the movie you are seeking (you just didn’t know it yet) and even with these years on from its original release it’s a blast of fresh air in the world of movies.

4 butterfly islands out of 5

16 responses to “Film Review – The Fall (2006)

    • Tuan you are right my friend! I am certainly very glad I caught this one on Blu Ray and hopefully more and more people can discover this visual beauty.

  1. It is very pleasant to be in so much agreement with someone’s opinion on the internet. As you rightly put the director’s other works are forgettable, but the memory of this movie watched on a 26″ Tele in the days when HBO occasionally showed good films, lingers on.

    • Soup that is great to know you loved this one as well. The bigger screen the better for what is a fabulous fantasy driven tale with some striking imagery.

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  3. If you’ve never read the backstory on how Tarsem directed Pace and Untaru, it’s really something special. The entire cast and crew had believed that Pace was really a paralyzed actor, to which Pace and Tarsem played along. The language barrier with Untaru (much of which makes it into the film) got in the way when Pace was caught walking and Untaru believed his friendship with her was the miraculous cause of his cure.

    There’s an incredible amount Tarsem does in this film that just isn’t done. The Pace stunt, painting an entire city in India a holy shade of blue…it’s one of the maddest directing jobs ever done.

    • Thanks so much for sharing those tid bits of info and thoughts Basil. It truly is a uniquely made film and Singh is a real talent. Can’t wait to see him make another film as good as this.

  4. Excellent film, with stunning visuals and real imagination to it. It’s a pity that Singh’s more recent works have been so much weaker than this.

  5. I was lucky to see this film in the theater — such a visual blast, with such a great period framework. It’s a movie that would appeal to a lot of young viewers, so I too am surprised at its obscurity. Goes to show that marketing, fueled by a big-name actor or two, is essential to reach a wide audience.

    • Mark you’re a lucky man getting to see this one on the bigscreen and your right about the marketing aspect. Even with Jonze and Fincher on board this one didn’t get the dues it was deserved.

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