eMotion Picture (The Fall – 2006)

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ATTENTION: SPOILERS TO FOLLOW

The story may seem simple: a Romenian little girl called Alexandria (the amazing Catinca Untaru) meets in the hospital where she’s recovering from the fall of a tree when she was picking oranges with her family, a young stuntman called Roy (Lee Pace). Roy tells little Alexandria a short story about Alexander the Great, and then he promises to tell her another one, as he calls it, an epic tale of love and revenge. Roy becomes a modern Sherezade but, instead of telling stories to live, he tells them to die. He uses his story telling to convince Alexandria to bring him as many morphine pills as she can, because he wants to commit suicide. The stunt that brought him to the hospital and that deprived him of the use of his legs was made to impress his former girl friend that has left him for the star of the movie.

The love of Alexandria and her tragic story (her father was killed during a racist riot) will make Roy change the end of his epic and of his own story; she will literally save Roy’s life.

Lee Pace plays two roles in one; his portrait of the body and soul broken Roy is played in a flawless and touching way, the perfect father figure for Catinca Untaru.

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The character of “the bandit”, the protagonist of the story he tells Alexandria, has a scent about him of the romantic melancholic hero.

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This is one of those films that you can watch over, and over, and over again discovering always a new detail. The surrealist dreamlike world created by director Tarsem to represent the story Roy tells Alexandria is surrealist like a Dali’s painting.

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12 thoughts on “eMotion Picture (The Fall – 2006)

    1. Indeed, if it wasn’t for you I would have missed this incredible piece of art, thank you!!!!!

      Tells a lot about how movie/cinema industry works, this would have deserved a lot of awards and a big box office result and it didn’t get neither 😦

    1. Definitely is one of those works of art (books, films, etc) that deserve to be praised and advertised mouth-to-mouth to as many people as possible.

      Yes, Roy was a complete surprise, I’ve read a little bit about the movie, Tarsem found Catrinca in a school in Rumania, she really didn’t know a word of English before being involved in the film!

      The Italian DVD, as usual, had no extra contents, I will buy as soon as I can the bluray edition with extras and Tarsem’s comments.

  1. Thank you very much for posting this! I am going to borrow the film from Netflix right away! (Just a little bit tired of classic noir I’ve been watching lately :))

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