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Monday, June 2, 2008

Beautiful Failure

'The Fall'

Tarsem Singh's long-gestating follow-up to his painfully flawed—but gorgeous—serial-killer flick The Cell is a children's story about love, heartache, suicide, and the gullibility of kids. Taking major cues from The Princess Bride, it never quite jells on a narrative level—in fact, it's a borderline disaster. But visually, it's one of the most imaginative and playful movies you will ever see. As a filmmaker, Singh is half-baked; as a stylist, he's truly one of the greats. (See movie times,, for details.)


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I saw THE FALL this weekend, and the blurb really captures what is right and what is wrong with the film. The framing device is a mess, though the little girl is charming. However, there are some truly arresting images, and one scene in particular (involving a grieving parent) has stayed with me days later. Give it a shot, going in with the full knowledge that the narrative is deeply flawed.

Posted by Bub | June 2, 2008 12:55 PM

Very true. Come for the cinematography, and adore the characters, and don't worry about the rest - you'll have a great time!

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 2, 2008 4:43 PM

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