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The Fall (2006)



Critic Consensus: More visually elaborate than the fragmented story can sometimes support, The Fall walks the line between labor of love and filmmaker self-indulgence.

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Los Angeles, circa 1920s, a little immigrant girl finds herself in a hospital recovering from a fall. She strikes up a friendship with a bedridden man who captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the hospital doldrums into the exotic landscapes of her imagination. Making sure he keeps the girl interested in the story he interweaves her family and people she likes from the hospital into his tale.

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Catinca Untaru
as Alexandria
Lee Pace
as Roy Walker
Justine Waddell
as Nurse Evelyn/Sister Evelyn
Kim Uylenbroek
as Doctor/Alexander the Great
Aiden Lithgow
as Alexander's Messenger
Sean Gilder
as Walt Purdy
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
Ayesha Verman
as Indian's Bride
Julian Bleach
as Mystic/Orange Picker
Jon Kamen
as Morty
Ketut Rina
as Chief Mystic
Camilla Waldman
as Crying Woman
Elvira Deactu
as Alexandria's Mother
Daniel Caltagirone
as Sinclair/Governor Odious
Emma Johnston
as Alexandria's Sister
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Critic Reviews for The Fall

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (41)

...a movie that not only expected me to pay attention, it assumed that I could.

February 2, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The girl and the hospital patients and staff also turn up in his improvised adventure, extravagantly garbed by costume designer Eiko Ishioka.

December 17, 2008 | Full Review…

Tarsem has found a home for his endlessly unique visions, and (wouldn't you know?) it's beyond artifice and stealing toward art.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The film may look a treat in a static kind of way but the whole is a piece of turgid pictorialism that ends up unbearably dull.

October 3, 2008 | Rating: 2/5

It veers towards sentimentality at times but the leads' terrific performances help ground this original and thoroughly enjoyable tale.

October 3, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

The Fall is hugely ambitious, but ultimately it's just an intriguing folly.

October 3, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fall


Aesthetically stunning, with a wonderful cinematography and production design, this is a highly imaginative and ambitious (yet also certainly self-indulgent) film about love, and it is impossible not to love little Catinca Untaru, who couldn't be any better or cuter, she is fantastic.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A multicultural ,surrealistic ,epic story about an adventure where darkness, betrayal and love take place. But that's not the main story ,no, that's the fairytale for the little Alexandria which Roy makes up. Extremely moving and funny. The Soundtrack is a masterpiece!

Eliza Norton
Eliza Norton

Super Reviewer


Colorful and strange. The channeled improvisation between child actress Catinca Untaru and Lee Pace is fantastic, adding a dimension of believability and realism to some rather questionable exchanges of dialogue.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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