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