Think of "The Fall" as a film snob's "Indiana Jones." A rapturous valentine to cinema's roots, this visually dazzling evocation of matinee heroes and mythmaking fancy by turns plays with Hollywood's most cherished conventions and worships art for art's sake. It's a weird and often wonderful journey over the rainbow, featuring the screen's most captivating Dorothy since Judy Garland.
In this case, the character's name is Alexandria, played in an enthralling debut by the young Romanian actress Catinca Untaru. In a Los Angeles hospital in the 1920s, Alexandria is recovering from a broken arm suffered while picking fruit with her Eastern European family; while visiting another ward she befriends a stuntman named Roy (Lee Pace), who tried to commit suicide over a broken heart. He begins to tell her a story about five epic heroes engaged in various acts of derring-do, romance and revenge, a story she visualizes by way of her own nascent understanding of the life and language around her.
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