->'''Roy:''' All right, close your eyes. What do you see?\\
'''Alexandria:''' Nothing.\\
'''Roy:''' Rub them. Can you see the stars?\\
'''Alexandria:''' ...Yes.

A 2006 {{fantasy}} film by Tarsem Singh, based on the 1981 Bulgarian pirate story "Yo Ho Ho". The film took four years to shoot, in 26 locations in over 18 countries, and was funded by Creator/SpikeJonze Jonze and Creator/DavidFincher. The trailer [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil spoils]] most of its plot twists.

''The Fall'' tells the story of Roy, a crippled stuntman in early 20th century Hollywood, and Alexandria, an inquisitive 5-year-old girl he befriends during his hospital stay. Roy has a broken heart and a death wish: during his last (and so far only) film, he tried a stunt his fellow stuntmen called downright suicidal, and was left crippled by his fall.

Confined to his hospital bed, Roy has a plan: he begins weaving for Alexandria the most epic adventure story ever told. It stars seven heroes -- the Black Bandit, an Italian, an Indian, a Mystic, ex-slave Otta Benga, Charles Darwin, and Wallace the monkey -- on a quest of revenge against the evil Governor Odious, each for their own reasons. With the story, Roy tries to get Alexandria excited about bandits, and about stealing... and for each instalment of the story he tells her, he wants her to steal a little something for him in return.

But Roy has little idea how to talk to young children, and Alexandria is stubborn, barely speaks English, and still lives by the laws of her own child logic. The story Roy tells is seen entirely through Alexandria's eyes: every character (and prop) in Roy's story is imagined by Alexandria as someone (or something) she's seen in daily life. And it quickly becomes clear that her life so far has been extremely traumatizing. Her fantasy world is cute at first, but turns sinister as Roy sinks deeper and deeper into depression. Each time Alexandria makes an innocent mistake, Roy punishes her for it by punishing his characters within the tale. Finally, Alexandria decides that the story isn't safe with Roy, and she takes over the narration herself.

The end result is a combination of epic fantasy and SceneryPorn, taking its cues from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids It's not for kids]].

''The Fall'' won a slew of "Best Picture" awards.

It is not based on, and should not be confused with, the Albert Camus novel of the same name. Nor does it have anything to do with the PostPunk band led by Mark E. Smith also called Music/TheFall.

!!This film contains examples of:

* AnachronismStew: On purpose, even including the Eiffel Tower. Seeing Odious' car in the fantasy setting of the story is particularly jarring, signifying the story's finale. (The car is at home in the 1920's, though: in the [[DVDCommentary DVD Commentary]] director Tarsem states that, [[RealityIsUnrealistic despite what most people thought]], that car was a real model from the era.
* AndYouWereThere: Every character (and prop) in Roy's story is imagined by Alexandria as someone (or something) she sees in daily life. Particularly noticeable once Roy includes an "Indian" (Native American) in his story -- and Alexandria consistently imagines him as being from India. More specifically:
** The Black Bandit is initially revealed to be Alexandria's father, as seen in a photograph. When she notes that the Black Bandit isn't her father (as he died), he is switched out to Roy.
** Both the Indian and the Mystic are workers Alexandria knows from the orange groves, and are seen at the end and briefly in photographs.
** Otta Benga is the delivery man for the ice company, and Luigi is the one-legged stuntman who visits Roy, and [[spoiler:Odious is Sinclair, the actor who stole Roy's girlfriend.]]
** Charles Darwin is one of the orderlies, one of the doctors is Alexander the Great, and [[spoiler:Nurse Evelyn is Sister Evelyn.]]
* AnnoyingArrows: [[spoiler: The ones that kill Ota Benga barely pierce him.]]
* AuthorAppeal: Much of the visuals and mythology are based on Indian culture.
* BestServedCold: Most of the plot revolves around this.
* BigOlEyebrows: Lee Pace has a very nice pair.
* BigNo: Used as a joke at the start, played very, ''very'' straight at the end.
* BilingualBonus: Catinca Untaru has dialog in her native Romanian.
* BittersweetEnding: Both in the reality and in the fantasy. [[spoiler: Alexandria will never see Roy again, and Roy is almost certainly permanently crippled, but she thinks he's the stuntman in every film she sees.]]
* CatchPhrase: "Googly Googly".
* ChildrenAreInnocent: A lot of scenes deal with Alexandria overhearing conversations and not understanding the gravity of them, mostly due to the fact she's only five years old. At one point she steals communion wafers from a priest and starts eating them, even offering them to Roy, but it's made very clear she has no idea what their intended purpose is or even what they are. This is deconstructed VERY hard where she [[spoiler: gets pills for Roy, not understanding that he will use them to commit suicide]].
* CoolMask: Worn by the Red Bandit.
* CostumePorn: Oh very YES!
* CreatorBreakdown: [[spoiler:In-Universe. Roy, at the end of the story, killing nearly all of the characters off.]]
* DesertBandits: The main characters turn into heroic versions of this when they attack the BigBad's caravan in the desert.
* DrivenToSuicide: The Indian's wife was thrown into the Labyrinth of Despair when she refused Odious's advances. The only way to escape was to throw herself off the tower. [[spoiler: Roy planned to overdose on morphine after becoming paralyzed and losing his girlfriend to the actor he does stunts for.]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Most of the characters.
** [[spoiler:The Italian blowing himself up to destroy all of the guards.]]
** [[spoiler: Ota Benga shields Alexandria with his own body, taking so many arrows in the back that they ''support his body weight.'']]
** [[spoiler: The Indian cutting the rope he's climbing to kill the last few guards climbing the same rope.]]
** [[spoiler: Charles Darwin's FacingTheBulletsOneLiner, see below.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Most of the characters.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[spoiler:Subverted.]]
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: [[spoiler:"Shoot, you animals. They'll pay you well for Darwin's hide."]]
* FiveManBand: Trope played to the letter:
** TheHero: The Black Bandit.
** TheLancer: The Italian.
** TheSmartGuy: Charles Darwin.
** TheBigGuy: The Indian and Ota Benga.
** TheChick: [[spoiler:Sister Evelyn]].
** The SixthRanger: The Mystic.
** TeamPet: Wallace the monkey.
** [[spoiler: TagalongKid: Alexandria.]]
* FiveTokenBand: Justified.
* TheForeignSubtitle: Released in Spain as ''The Fall: El Sueno de Alexandria'' ("The Fall: Alexandria's Dream").
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Darwin mentions that the birds are safe inside the Mystic's belly.
* ForTheEvulz: The only motivation of Governor Odious in the fantasy.
* FramingDevice: Exploited to great effect.
** The Indian is clearly Native American by Roy's description but the visual shows him as an undefined Indian royal. The confusion is deliberate. Roy is thinking of an actor he knew while Alexandria is thinking of her friend the orange-picker.
* FracturedFairyTale
* {{Gorn}}: Used sparingly, but when it's used, it's reeeeal pretty.
* HeroicSacrifice: Just about everyone.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Exaggerated to the point of parody with [[spoiler: Odious's death]].
** Subverted with Roy's plan to make Alexandria get him morphine, which made him become close to her, which in turn made him [[spoiler: get past his broken heart and forget his suicide wish]].
* HistoricalInJoke: Charles Darwin's pet monkey and muse Wallace is a ShoutOut to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Russel_Wallace Alfred Russel Wallace]]. Wallace famously came up with the theory of evolution independently of Darwin but published later.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Lee Pace is 6'5", so this happened. A lot. Particularly noticeable whenever the Black Bandit and Alexandria are together in the story.
* HumanoidAbomination: In-story, [[FacelessGoons Odious' guards are based on Alexandria's fearful image of an early X-ray operator clad in leather and lead]], and instead of speaking they make a variety of animal howls and snarls.
* InnocentInaccurate: Alexandria's family pretty clearly had to immigrate to the United States because of a pogrom of some sort - Eastern Europe generally not being the friendliest place in the early 20th century - but when Roy tries to find out more, all she says is that "angry people" were responsible.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: The film is centered on the relationship between Alexandria (5) and Roy (20s).
* JustifiedTitle: Both Alexandria and Roy are in the hospital because of injuries sustained in falls--and each undergoes a loss of innocence.
* KickTheDog: Roy, upon seeing the finished film [[spoiler:learns that the his life-threatening fall had been replaced by another stunt]].
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: At the lowest point of his depression, Roy kills off every single character in the most heartbreaking ways possible, while Alexandria begs him to stop. All we see from him are bitter tears and a stoic expression, but Alexandria imagines his alter ego, the Black Bandit, being very visibly shaken by the deaths. The epilogue is charming, though, which softens the blow.]]
* LampshadeHanging: Occasional, such as when Alexandria questions the plot. Even [[MediumAwareness the characters notice]] on occasion:
-->'''Luigi''': (reading) "My dearest daughter. Never marry for money, fame, power or security; always follow your heart. Your ever-loving father."\\
'''Black Bandit''': It says all that on that little locket?\\
'''Luigi''': (shrugs) Sí.
* LargeHam: The Black Bandit. Justified, though, as it is the imagination of a 5-year-old; Roy is played much more naturally.
* LoveHurts: Used in the fantasy and in reality. In the story, The Black Bandit finds out that Sister Evelyn didn't actually love him. In reality, Roy is bitter over the fact that [[spoiler: his girlfriend left him for someone else.]]
* MatchCut: The butterfly fading into the reef and island; the priest's face and collar fading into a desert landscape. The latter one, in particular, is ''incredibly'' well-done.
* MeaningfulName: Governor Odious.
* MoodWhiplash: Oh, ''God''.
* {{Mooks}}: Clone after clone after clone of Alexandria's real-life nightmare, the X-ray technician wearing a leather apron, swarming through an M.C. Escher-esque maze (which was not CGI, but filmed at a ''real place'').
* MysteriousWaif: Lady Evelyn.
* OrangeBlueContrast: The vast majority of scenes. Even the shots that aren't orange/blue are some other equally complementary pairing like red/green.
* PocketProtector: The locket.
* PrecociousCrush: Alexandria's behaviour towards Roy has hints of this, particularly when she covers his face with kisses while he's sleeping and also when she's shown drawing a heart on the drawing she makes for him.
* PrettyButterflies: ''Americana Exotica'' is merely the apotheosis among appearances of ''[[{{Motifs}} Lepidoptera]]'' in the film.
* PromotionToParent: Roy gives the Red Bandit a couple of the traits that her father would have, such as a gap in his teeth and Alexandria originally pictures him looking like her father. Alexandria eventually [[spoiler: appears in the story as the Red Bandit's daughter and during the surreal sequence after she falls, Roy appears as her father.]]
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The second movement Allegretto from Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. And it is ''awesome''.
* PunnyName: Roy Walker is [[BlackComedy likely paralysed from the waist down.]]
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Roy's story isn't always a happy one, and Alexandria is very young. It gets especially heart-wrenching when [[spoiler: Roy's increasing depression and its effect on the story reminds her about her house being burnt down and the death of her father]].
* {{Retcon}}: In-story example: the Masked Bandit was a Spaniard at first due to Alexandria telling Roy about her father; in fact she imagined him to look like her father. Eventually she asked why he kept speaking in an accent and requested he speak normally. He explained that the Masked Bandit was no longer a Spaniard, but a Frenchman; thus Alexandria imagined him to look like Roy.
* RocksFallEveryoneDies: As part of Roy's [[spoiler:CreatorBreakdown]].
* RuleOfCool: Justified in the story-within-a-story by being imagined by a child; very much averted outside of it.
* SceneryPorn: The Movie. It's quite difficult to state just how many inconsequential shots of vast landscapes and beautiful buildings are crammed into this film.
* ScheherezadeGambit: Attempted both by Roy and by Alexandria.
* ShoutOut:
** The ArtShift after [[spoiler: Alexandria falls in the pharmacy, with wooden doctor-puppets taking apart and then reassembling and injured Alexandria doll,]] closely resembles a contextually similar scene in ''Film/{{Frida}}''.
** The film's poster (seen above) alludes to the work of Creator/SalvadorDali, especially his portrait of Creator/MaeWest.
* SkywardScream: Done by many of the characters in the story-within-the-story.
* StormingTheCastle
* StuffBlowingUp: Well, one of the characters in the story-within-the-story is an explosives and ballistics expert.
* TagalongKid: Alexandria, in-story.
* TakingYouWithMe: The Indian and Luigi. Ka-''boom'' indeed.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trail spoils a majority of the plot twists including [[spoiler: the fact Roy is initially manipulating Alexandria and eventually proceeds to kill off most of the characters.]]
* TheVoiceless: The Indian only speaks one or two words during the whole movie. He speaks when [[spoiler: he cuts the rope (killing himself and a handful of the mooks), saying "''How!''" (the joke being that he's a movie stereotype Native American Indian in Roy's narration and a from-India-Indian in Alexandria's imagination)]]. Ota Benga is almost this.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Ota Benga in all of the scenes he's in.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Princess's nephew, left behind at the carriage. Justified in that this story is being made up on the fly by the main characters who likely just forgot about him.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: Just take in any of the scenery.
* YouKilledMyFather: And brother (the brother was attempting to avenge their father's death). And wife, and butterfly, and... yeah, this is most of the motivation for the main characters, in fact.
''Googly... googly... googly... begone!''