The Fall (2006)

I've been wanting to see this and was NOT disappointed!
Just added it to my Top 30 Films List :)

"Award-winning music video, commercial and film director Tarsem Singh (The Cell) creates a moving and seamless blending of mundane life in a 1915 Los Angeles hospital with a visually sumptuous fantasy world of exotic bandits, evil tyrants, dream-like palaces and breathtaking landscapes. Shot on location in 18 countries around the world, The Fall stars Golden Globe nominated actor Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) and Justine Waddell (Wives and Daughters, Tess, Mansfield Park) and features a breakthrough performances by first-time Romanian child actress Catinca Untaru.

Languishing in a hospital, Roy Walker (Lee Pace) is a broken man in more ways than one. Unable to walk after a fall from a horse in a movie stunt gone wrong, his heart is also broken after his girlfiend ran off with the movie's leading man. Ready to end his life, Roy bestfriends five-year-old fellow patient Alexandria (Catinca Untaru), with the goal of persuading her to stealing a fatal dose of morphine pills for him.

Roy launches into a story that fuses patients, staff and others at the hospital with imagined personas and exotic lands. What he describes as 'an epic tale of love, and revenge' is so riveting to Alexandria that she will do whatever Roy asks in order to hear the next installment. The tale loosely mirrors the ill-fated love triangle that has left him heartsick and features Alexandria's favorite nurse Evelyn (Justine Waddell), as the beautiful princess Evelyn; Sinclair (Daniel Caltagirone), the movie star who stole Roy's girlfriend, as the destested Governor Odious; and Roy himself as the avenging Black Bandit who leads the attack on the governor with the help of a colourful posse that includes Alexandria as the Black Bandit's daughter.

But as the story takes a darker turn, Alexandria begins to realize there is far more at stake than the fate of a handful of imaginary characters. It's up to Roy whether the Black Bandit--and Roy himself--will survive the climatic final scene." (synopsis from official website)
-> Interesting facts about the film
-> Underrated: 5 Reasons why The Fall deserves your respect
-> Interview with director Tarsem Singh
-> IMDb

Trailer below as well as selected screencaps found at


  1. One of my favorite movies!!
    If you haven't seen it you should. The music is amazing, the scenery incredible and story is enlightening. Lee Pace is definitely on my list of hunks after this one and little Catinca is adorable!!! You will fall in love with her. An Amazing little girl!

    Also! I love Justine!!! I so loved her in Wives and Daughters I can't believe it's her!

    The magnitude of this movie is unbelievable. Filmed over years and in soooo many countries.
    Rent it Quick!

  2. Yes, I watched it this evening! Glad to see it after hearing about it from various people. It was captivating!

  3. How have I never heard of this film? Going to have to track that down now, it looks really good. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. demeter83,
    I just read about how this film is underrated. It premiered at Toronto Film Festival in 2006 but only got released in the UK in 2008. I think it's starting to get spread by word of mouth! Hope you do get to see it!

  5. I love this movie - all the customs, all the beautiful locations and all the stars and it features one of favorite actor - Lee Pace - too bad Pushing Daisies is canceled!

    and I still can't believe Pace pretended not to be able to walk throughout filming - makes me wonder what an actor has to sacrifice in order to play a certain role

  6. lissa,
    I thought it was funny how fellow cast members didn't even recognize Lee working out at the gym! Definitely an interesting film with an interesting backstory!

  7. Watched it online after reading the blurb: it was absolutely stunning. The scenes between Pace and Cantica are amazing. I cannot believe I never heard of it before now, though, thanks for the recommendation.

  8. Anon,
    Glad that you got to see it!

  9. I haven't even heard about this one until now, but it looks amazing :) Going to rent it :)



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