I don’t know why it has taken me so long to watch this, I’ve had it for a while and heard so much about it but today I finally watched Tarsem’s “The Fall”. It’s Tarsem’s second feature after the Jennifer Lopez film “The Cell”, an underrated film but not a patch on this.
It’s unlike anything you have ever seen. It’s reminiscent to something like “The Princess Bride” or “Pan’s Labyrinth” but so unique on many levels.
Apparently this film was made over a number of years and financed by the Director himself. Filming took place in 26 locations across 18 countries and it shows. There is no CGI in this film, all these locations are real and wow are they stunning. DoP Colin Watkinson, who according to imdb has only been DP on a couple of films, lots of music videos and commercials and he’s done lot’s of Entourage. A show I like but this guy doesn’t seem to be used in features anywhere near as much as he should be!
There are times when it reminds me of Ron Fricke’s “Baraka”, itself shot over a long period of time across many, many countries. In fact one scene must be an homage to Baraka! Take a look below…