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Movie Review: The Fall

Alternate Title: Eye Candy

Story: I hope this visually stunning, exceptional film finds an audience. It is not to be missed. It was directed by Tarsem, who goes solely by his first name. For those that like to know this stuff, his last name is Singh. He self-financed this four year endeavor which was filmed in gorgeous locations around the world. It was written by Dan Gilroy, Tarsem and Nico Soultanakis and based on the 1981 film Yo Ho Ho by Zaco Heskija.

The two main characters find themselves recovering from separate falls in an LA hospital in 1915. Roy, a stuntman lays paralyzed and depressed from a stunt gone wrong. Alexandria, a five year old girl, suffered a fall while picking oranges in the local groves. He wiles away their confined time together by telling her a fabulous story, an epic tale, which she re-imagines with characters that surround her in the hospital. Therefore, like the Wizard of Oz, most of the people in the film have dual roles.

The story is certainly secondary to the cinematic entertainment and beauty of the film. If you want to see something original, with images that will stay with you, then try to find this film in your neighborhood. Get there as quickly as you can. It needs to be seen on a BIG screen. By the way - this is not a film for kids. The epic tale gets very dark at the end and the violence is graphic.

The trailer will give you a hint of what you can expect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQt0QjWHUjY

Acting: Lee Pace is perfect as the aching, depressed movie stuntman. His chemistry with the amazing little girl, Catinca Untaru is exceptional. She is adorable, honest and totally believable. The supporting cast are all terrific and include: Justine Waddell, Julian Bleach, Leo Bill , Robin Smith , Marcus Wesley and Jeetu Verma.

Predilection: I liked the preview when I saw it a few months ago.

Critters: Oh my - what epic tale does not have critters? The monkey (I think it was a rhesus monkey) was amazing and has a big part. Also seen was an elephant, flamingos, cows, horses and oxen.

Food: Oranges play a big role.

Sex Spectrum: I cannot remember any sex or nudity at all. Just some loin cloths.

Soundtrack: Wonderful mix of music by Krishna Levy including Beethoven.

Opening Titles: An inviting slow motion, black and white sequence.

Visual Art: Bravo to director of photography Colin Watkinson. I looked up the locations and the list is impressive: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, Andaman Islands, Argentina, Bali, Indonesia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cape Town, South Africa, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, Chile, China, Egypt, Fiji, Himalayas, Nepal, Hollywood, Italy, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India, Maldives, Namibia, Prague, Czech Republic, Romania, South Africa and Turkey.

Theater Audience: Just us and two other people.

Weather: Perfect weather for an epic tale.

Squirm Scale: The finale is a bit violent.

Drift Factor: I was riveted throughout.

Predictability Level: I was not sure what was going to happen at all.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Big Screen or Rental: BIGGEST screen you can see it on would be perfect.

Length: Under two hours.