The Fall (2006)

The Fall (2006)

Director: Tarsem Singh

Cast: Catinca Untaru as Alexandria, Justine Waddell as Nurse Evelyn / Sister Evelyn, Lee Pace as Roy Walker / Black Bandit, Kim Uylenbroek as Doctor / Alexander the Great, Aiden Lithgow as Alexander's Messenger, Sean Gilder as Walt Purdy, Ronald France as Otto, Andrew Roussouw as Mr. Sabatini, Michael Huff as Dr. Whitaker, Grant Swanby as Father Augustine, Emil Hostina as Alexandria's Father / Bandit, Robin Smith as Luigi / One Legged Actor, Jeetu Verma as Indian / Orange Picker, Leo Bill as Darwin / Orderly, Marcus Wesley as Otta Benga / Ice Delivery Man

I saw this film in the Toronto Film Festival and was somewhat surprised
by how much I enjoyed it, and the extent to which I was engaged in the
reality that it creates. Catinca Untaru's performance is heartwarming
and completely captivating, a truly lovable child-star whose appeal is
based upon her authenticity and talent as opposed to her ability to bat
her eyelids or wrinkle her nose. Her relationship with Roy (Lee Pace)
is touching to behold and more importantly, entirely believable. Of
course, as expected with Tarsem Singh as a director the film is
visually stunning, featuring Baraka-like eye candy, which in itself
deserves rave reviews and as a subsidiary to the story creates
something quite spectacular. The use of worldwide locations allowed
Tarsem to share some truly beautiful images with the viewers, and
teamed with Catinca's acting left the audience as putty in his hands,
laughing and crying as he wished.

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