An Overlooked Movie of Beauty
December 30, 2010
Roy convinces the girl to steal morphine from the hospital dispensary to relieve his pain, which is partly spiritual. In return, in his altered state, he spins a fantastic tale for her. The movie alternates between the hospital setting and this fantasy which was shot in sumptuous and exotic locales in 19 countries.
The story blends Roy's personal crisis of purpose with the child's own traumatic history using characters borrowed from other patients in the hospital.
Even more beautiful than the visuals is the child's love for Roy which eventually convinces him to live. Her love is like a woman's love for a husband, or a child's love for her father. Although she sits at the end of Roy's bed, their relationship epitomizes innocence and trust.
Nine-year-old Catinca Untaru, left, deserves an Oscar. Instead, not part of the Illuminati club, she has not acted since. Indian director Tarsem Singh made his name making commercials and the Jenifer Lopez feature, "The Cell." Here he has created a masterpiece which leaves a glow long after it ends.