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
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After his passing, Verne Troyer and Lily Cole both got heart tattoos in memory of Heath Ledger. Lily Cole's tattoo is visable on her wrist in a few scenes throughout the film, including the one inside the mirror when she is wearing the red dress and Colin Farrell is playing Tony. See more »
When Anton is playing with Tony's pipe, there is a rough cut where the camera shakes significantly. This choice in editing is most likely due to Ledger's sudden death during production, and not having an alternate take to use. See more »
Well, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is the type of movie you have to watch to fully grasp, because words hardly do it justice. And this is exactly what you'd expect to come from the imagination of director Terry Gilliam; something that is so odd and bizarre, yet so stunningly beautiful and coherent at the same time. It is like a surreal mixture of "Alice in Wonderland", "The Chronicles of Narnia", "Monty Python" and "Harry Potter" all rolled into one fabulous mixture.
Not only does it have a great storyline, but "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is also accompanied by fabulous acting performances by those cast for the various roles. And you have some really big names, talented actors and actresses cast for this movie. But even more so, it is accompanied by some really incredible visual effects and ideas.
And the costumes, wow! Those alone are enough to watch the movie, it was nothing short of spectacular.
That being said, it is perhaps a fact that this movie is not suitable for just anyone. I am sure that the oddity and absurdity of it will have some people disapproving. I, however, was drawn in and was enjoying every single minute of the approximate 2 hours the movie ran for.
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is truly a movie that you should give a chance and watch it if you haven't already seen it.
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