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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Overview


Genre

Fantasy, Drama

Release Date

December 25, 2009 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

122 min.

Production Budget

$45 millions

Studio

Sony Pictures Classics

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Terry Gilliam

Producer

Samuel Hadida, William Vince, Amy Gilliam

Screenwriter

Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown

Starring

Story


"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary 'Imaginarium', a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Dr Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. Long ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality. Many centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his first-born reached its 16th birthday he or she would become the property of Mr Nick.

Valentina is now rapidly approaching this 'coming of age' milestone and Dr Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr Parnassus promises his daughter's hand in marriage to the man that helps him win. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles - and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..irresistible..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..the mingled sense of bitterness and hope in his story makes this whole crazed fantasy into something far more real..”
by Tasha Robinson [Onion AV Club]
“..it's so vividly put on screen that we can't help but enjoy the ride..”
by Rich Cline [Shadows on the Wall]