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
At the part where Tony (played by Colin Farrell) and Valentina are in the Gondola, there is a shadow of someone walking behind the screen, in the back, between when they are talking about how perfect it is and that they have to make a choice. See more »
Terry Gilliam's 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' is what I call, a future Hollywood Cult Classic. An interesting tale of a leader traveling theater troupe who, having made a deal with the Devil, takes audience members through a magical mirror to explore their imaginations.
'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' which received two nominations at the Academy-Awards this year, will ensure a huge fan following in the coming years. As mentioned, a future cult classic for sure! Gillam's direction is simply awe-inspiring. His writing isn't, it has it's share of flaws, but he can be forgiven.
In the acting department, Christopher Plummer is fantastic, he steals the show with a controlled performance. A true legend! Late Heath Ledger is, as always, good. Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law's appearance makes you moist eyed, as they did this role of their late friend Ledger. Oh boy, what a emotional moment!
I recommend this film to everyone.... Thumbs Up!
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