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The Fall

Every so often a film comes out of nowhere to reaffirm your love for cinema by allowing you to experience the delight of something entirely fresh and new. Filmed over four years in 18 different countries, "The Fall" is a real labour of love which combines the visual beauty of Ron Frickes "Baraka" with the vivid magical realism of Guillermo del Toros "Pans Labyrinth". At the turn of last century, a cheerfully inquisitive 5 year-old, in hospital recovering from a fall, encounters a half-paralysed stuntman. He enchants her with a fantastical tale of bandits and adventure, getting her hooked on each instalment so she will purloin him morphine. Appropriately for a film set in the early days of silent cinema, the film eschews special effects to use costumes, dance, stop-motion animation, breathtaking landscape photography and  best of all  a montage of silent film clips to tell his story. However, its visual extravagance belies its narrative simplicity, which, in the end, is about a childs incomparable sense of wonder.

Year: 2006
Genre: Fantasy Films, Cult Films / After Dark
Country: USA
Director: Tarsem Singh
Starring: Justine Waddell, Lee Pace
Duration: 112 Minutes
Rating: R13 - Contains violence and content that may disturb.
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