The Fall, a gorgeously shot, believably acted film explores the power of story. A bedridden stuntman in a 1915 Los Angeles hospital begins an epic story-telling saga with a young Romanian immigrant girl, albeit for his own selfish purposes. The tale grows to include hospital staff, daily real-world events, and an ending that at the insistence of the teller and the listener must be both believable and happy.
The story within a story involves 5 heroes: The Indian, The Black Bandit, Luigi, Otta Benga and Charles Darwin who have all been wronged by Governor Odious, a notorious ruler. Originally stranded on an island, the group seeks to enact their revenge
Tarsem, from television commercial fame funded most of this movie out of pocket, and took 4 years and a whole lot of globe-trotting to get it finished (18 different countries all told).
The result is a no-CG zone masterpiece with visual backdrops almost too incredible to believe. Roger Ebert’s interview with Tarsem explores some of the shots in further detail.
The movie’s inclusion of a young ESL superstar gives it a sense of realism, and the idea that ‘it’s my story too’, gives the viewer reason to pause, think and repent for various ways our own version of history may have overlapped or superceded other’s.
(Andrew, those stories that were once mine but now told by you, and vice versa, they’re OURS)