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Los Angeles, circa 1920s, a little immigrant girl finds herself in a hospital recovering from a fall. She strikes up a friendship with a bedridden man who captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the hospital doldrums into the exotic landscapes of her imagination. Making sure he keeps the girl interested in the story he interweaves her family and people she likes from the hospital into his tale.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...a movie that not only expected me to pay attention, it assumed that I could."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Pace and Untaru generate an unforced chemistry that makes them pleasant company for a couple of hours, but they almost work against the movie's need to establish narrative tension. They appear to be having such a good time that Roy's self-destructive impu"
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"So what if the front story is a little contrived?"
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"I wonder if it's unforgivable heresy to say The Cell is badly underestimated and due for revisionism while The Fall, despite its relative obscurity, is badly overestimated."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The story Roy tells is involving enough and so beautifully shot (see how many locations you can name) that it's worth seeing for that alone."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"The girl and the hospital patients and staff also turn up in his improvised adventure, extravagantly garbed by costume designer Eiko Ishioka."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Reader
"An achingly beautiful movie and a triumph of location scouting, with more cosmopolitan spectacle than the past three Indiana Jones and James Bond movies combined."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Often praised -- and rightly so -- for its incredible visuals and nonstop stylishness. I have no problem with that, except that I'm equally taken by its thematic implications."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Something like a Sir David Lean epic crossed with trippy offshoots of tall tales of Zorro, Ali Baba and Pecos Bill rolled into one, The Fall is a sun-kissed companion to Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. A brilliant follow-up from Tarsem Singh."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"One of the most beautiful things ever put on the big screen. On the other hand, the story is far too thin for adults, and far too dark for kids."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The pacing drags and the clichéd tussle between childhood innocence and adult disillusionment can only go one way. Better to experience it than think about it, fair to say."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Sometimes, looking good isn't enough."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A long, long trip through the museum"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Tarsem has found a home for his endlessly unique visions, and (wouldn't you know?) it's beyond artifice and stealing toward art."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"The film may look a treat in a static kind of way but the whole is a piece of turgid pictorialism that ends up unbearably dull."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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