'The Fall': Tarsem Singh's take on a complex friendship
Some of the set pieces are ravishing, more often they're ravishingly clumsy.
No, this is not an adaptation of the Albert Camus novel. Director Tarsem Singh, the music-video whiz who gave us "The Cell," is one of those filmmakers who doesn't think he's doing his job if he isn't making our eyes bug out every second.Skip to next paragraph
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A lovelorn movie stunt man (Lee Pace) is recuperating from a fall in a 1915 Los Angeles hospital and befriends a precocious 5-year-old girl (Catinca Untaru) in the hopes that she will steal enough morphine for him to end it all. He keeps her interest by recounting a series of Arabian Nights-style tales that Singh mounts as full-scale costume dramas filmed across 28 countries. Some of the set pieces are ravishing, more often they're ravishingly clunky. Grade: B- (Unrated.)