The R-rating seems silly (although it's not for the kiddies) in this visually striking and dramatically absurd creation from Tarsem, which took four years to film. In an L.A. hospital, circa 1915, a five-year-old Romanian migrant worker named Alexandria (Untaru) is convalescing after a fall. Movie stuntman Roy (Pace) is in the same hospital also after an accident--but he is paralyzed. Bored, Alexandria is happy to have her new friend tell her stories that change with her imagination and limited grasp of English (Indians to her are the eastern kind with elephants and palaces). However, a despondent Roy (whose girlfriend has dumped him) has an ulterior motive for befriending Alexandria. Based on the 1981 Bulgarian movie "Yo Ho Ho."
Review by Brian Tallerico
Tarsem Singh's The Cell (2000) was a visually sumptuous but incredibly hollow theatrical experience. Despite its shortcomings, the film heralded the debut of a cinematic painter who needed only to marry his original eye with a more consistent voice to become a very interesting director. Six years ...Read More