Sunday, October 9, 2011
Now Watch This: The Fall (2006)
Visually, this movie is like a live action piece or art, filmed across 18 different countries (instead of green screens) with amazingly colorful costumes. Set in the 1920's, the story involves a stuntman (Lee Pace) with a seriously injured back who is laid up in a California contemplating ending his own life when he befriends a little Romanian girl (9 year old Catinca Untaru) herself recovering from a broken arm. He begins to tell her stories which we get to see on screen from her own imagination - full of color and life and naivety that can only come from a young child. Still fairly unknown, Pace does an amazing job portraying the brooding stuntman, but the young Untaru absolutely steals the show and is completely believable on screen as a girl who is slowly learning about the sadness that can live within adults. I would challenge you to find a movie that is both larger-than-life and genuinely intimate as this one truly is. If you have not yet seen this movie, stop what you're doing and find it now. Absolutely gorgeous and touching.