A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves.
In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises the audience a journey to the "Imaginarium", an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true. In the stories that Doctor Parnassus tells to his daughter Valentina, the midget Percy, and his assistant Anton, he claims to have lived for more than one thousand years; However, when he fell in love with a mortal woman, he made a deal with the devil (Mr. Nick), trading his immortality for youth. As part of the bargain, he promised his son or daughter to Mr. Nick on their sixteenth birthday. Valentina is now almost to the doomed age and Doctor Parnassus makes a new bet with Mr. Nick, whoever seduces five souls in the Imaginarium will have Valentina as a prize. Meanwhile the troupe rescues Tony, a young man that was hanged on a bridge by the Russians. Tony was chased until he finds and joins the group. Tony and Valentina fall in love with each other and the jealous Anton discovers that his ... Written by
RubyRed, Seattle, Washington USA
It is said that Heath Ledger, who plays Tony in this film, acquired inspiration in voicing his character The Joker (The Dark Knight) from legendary husky-voiced actor/musician Tom Waits, who, also plays the part of Mr Nick aka Satin in this film. See more »
When Percy, Valentina and Anton are counting money and Valentina says: "Hey, maybe my birthday won't be so bad". Percy is looking down at money in his hands. In the next shot his posture and facial expression is completely different. See more »
This is Terry Gilliam's dark masterpiece. It's a brilliant film--there
are fabulous, fantastic, surrealistic visual effects; gorgeous
cinematography; and stunning performances by an amazing cast of
consisting of both famous stars and lesser known (but excellent)
actors. It's in the vein of the great European surrealistic movies like
Fellini's "8 1/2" or "Satyricon". But--if you're not open to a mind
bending, almost psychedelic fantasy and a plot with strange twists and
turns that can be challenging to follow, this won't be for you. The
cast is terrific--I mean, Tom Waits plays "Old Scratch"--how can you
lose? Christopher Plummer is excellent in the title role; Heath
Ledger's last performance is stellar. Lily Cole, Johnny Depp, Andrew
Garfield, Jude Law, Verne Troyer, and Colin Farrell are also very good.
The costumes and sets are gorgeous, though often in a dark and grungy
way. By the way--it also ends up being a story about ethical choices in
life and how some people are very misleading. Probably not material for
a box office hit, sadly, as this film is probably too unusual for most
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