Friday, June 10, 2011

FALLing in Love

Yesterday, I decided that I wanted to start my day off the right way. So I scrounged around in the kitchen until I found a scone and some blueberries, and hunkered down in front of this movie-The Fall.
NB: Starting the Day off by Watching a Movie is Reason #356 why summer is fantastic (yes, I know, this is definitely a change of tune from my last post. But right after I wrote that letter, the hot spell ended. [Coincidence? I think not.]Well played, Summer.)

The director of the play that I'm currently workshopping suggested that all of us watch this. So I looked it up, was simply blown away by the trailer, and I knew I had to get my hands on it as soon as humanly possible. And it didn't disappoint. The Fall is a unique movie. This film is what would happen if Pan's Labyrinth met Pushing Daisies, but they switched directors halfway through and recast the film with actors from Bride and Prejudice and Laurence of Arabia. Capiche?

But what makes The Fall stand out as the gem that it is, is its imagery. It's literally breath-taking. The camera cuts to a new scene and all you can do is gape at the mesmerizing images that are presented to you, and just let go and let your soul soak in the beauty that bursts out of the screen.
It's filled to the brim with lovely actors as well. Justine Waddell (from Wives and Daughters !) plays Roy's perhaps-true-love: the beautiful Nurse Evelyn/Butterfly Princess.
Lee Pace from Pushing Daisies and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day plays Roy. Peeps, I'm just going to come clean: my heart melts into a big lump of butter every time he comes on the screen. He's a wonderfully fantastic actor, and a joy to watch.
Tangent: In other news: apparently he's playing Thranduil in The Hobbit movies. (?!!) Get excited. I know I am.

Suffice to say that when Lee Pace makes this face:it tears me apart. I can't even deal. This scene made me utterly fall apart (see what I did there?). But truly, in all seriousness, the climax is one of my favorite movie scenes ever. It's an amazing story of redemption, love and beauty tightly packed into several breathless minutes. One of my friends astutely summed up the final moments of the film in one deft-(oft-used but never hackneyed)- phrase: "Love never fails."

Couldn't say it better.
St. Paul, I tip my proverbial hat to you.

And then, there's the queen of the movie. Our miniature-sized protagonist, Alexandria. Played by Catinca Untaru, her simplicity and earnestness is so real it's shocking. She feels likes a real little girl- so similar to many of the young ones I've babysat or taught over the years. She's the farthest thing in the world from affected. She's pure, simple and thoroughly delightful.

Our story begins with little Alexandria in the hospital with a broken arm. While wandering through the corridors, she ends up wandering into the room of broken stuntman Roy. He begins to tell her a fantastical story full of adventure, romance, peril, danger, and magnificent locations and exotic peoples. The bond that forms between them is the centerpiece of the movie.

She makes him laugh. She argues with him. He makes her smile. She is enchanted with the story he's weaving for her. And through their friendship, Alexandria's pulled into Roy's life and changes it in a deeply profound way.

"Are you trying to save my soul?" a bemused Roy inquires of Alexandria, after she naively feeds him (unconsecrated) communion bread. Unwittingly, Alexandria saves Roy in every sense of the word. The friendship that blossoms between the two of them is heart-wrenchingly real. Although the movie is a cornucopia of lush images and indescribable beauty, it's the friendship between the broken and despairing man and the simple and perceptive young girl that outshines all the exterior beauty of the piece.

One could wax poetic about the locations for this movie for ages and ages and never do justice to the ridiculous amount of beauty that the viewers are bombarded with for a solid two hours. Since pictures are worth a thousand words, here are some of the gorgeous images from the film:

Behold the beauty of The Fall:

See. This. Movie. It's richly original, sensuously lush, heartbreakingly lovely, incredibly intelligent, delightfully magical, exquisitely crafted, and vibrantly alive. It will wrap your heart in its gorgeous enchantments and take your love prisoner. And it is 100% worth it.

1 comment:

  1. And the cinematography (judging from pictures & the trailer) reminds me of Dali a bit.