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Great Hindi Indie – THE FALL

THE FALL, willed into existence by director Tarsem Singh, is a giant leap forward in visual storytelling.

When Isle of Cinema first emerged from the watery depths, its inhabitants swore to shed light on those filmmakers whose work pushes boundaries and expands the art form. Tarsem, please step into that light. To those of you who recognize the director’s name, rest assured that  The Fall is in no way a sequel to The Cell. In fact in most ways that matter it’s a complete departure: this time Tarsem takes his visual style and uncanny storytelling abilities and pours them into a project he produced, co-wrote, and directed, and what emerges is a beautiful, sweet film with sweeping landscapes and claustrophobic reality. The trailer alone is like licking frosting off a birthday cake that you can’t eat because someone is taking too long to make their wish and blow out the candles. Go ahead and taste it. Right now. You will not be disappointed. Sure, visually stunning films are a dime a dozen these days, with their Computer Generated Imagery creating entire planets, giant gorillas, and nifty light sabers, but the visual effects on display in this film take creativity beyond mere templates and composites and make use of light, composition, and clever editing. The imagination sequences are breathtaking and if left unchecked could sweep you away into another world – thankfully there are charming yet dark scenes set in a convalescent ward to keep you grounded. In the “behind-the-scenes” footage (which is quite good), Tarsem addresses his crew before they start shooting in the hospital, and stresses the importance of making these scenes real and the story compelling. It’s hard to believe that a director with his technical understanding could be so well versed in the craft of storytelling as well. He grasps what so many of today’s eye-candy obsessed directors miss: that a beautiful movie set in la-la land without any real story or acting to support it is just another bloated, soulless exercise in visual effects – not a movie. It’s no wonder that Spike Jonze and David Fincher, directors who know a thing or two about story, helped Tarsem make this artful film a surreality.

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