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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

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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

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Rated PG-13 for violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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El imaginario mundo del Doctor Parnassus  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$334,183 (USA) (25 December 2009)

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$7,689,458 (USA) (21 May 2010)
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In the first imagination scene, the drunk guy can choose between a café or climbing up 12 stairs, referring to a 12 step program that is used for alcoholics that try to get clean. See more »

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When Dr. Parnassus is following Valentina through the concourse two young school girls in uniform pass him. Moments later when he's outside looking in the window, the same two girls can be seen entering the library. See more »

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Dr. Parnassus: [Absorbed in telling Valentina the story] Your mother and I went away together, grew old, and one day she came to me and told me she was pregnant! Can you believe it, at sixty and pregnant. A miracle.
Valentina: [Begins to weep] A miracle or a mistake?
Dr. Parnassus: [sighs, remembering his deal] You were the best mistake I ever made.
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After the credits, Tony's mobile ring tone can clearly be heard See more »

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References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

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Swany Whistle
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A Unique and Extraordinary Adventure
10 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is a very strange film but it pulls together wonderfully. It was dark but funny at the same time. I really loved the imaginarium sequences. Gilliam uses dream-like imagery and odd behavior to construct a fantastic escape into imagination. Although the CGI was admittedly simplistic, it was fitting for the fantasy realm. Great performances, especially by Heath Ledger and Colin Farrell.

I don't think this movie is for everyone since it has received mixed reactions. I also would advise against having certain expectations going into it, because there's no way to anticipate what you will get out of the film. But for me, it was certainly a real treat and very enjoyable throughout.

8/10


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