Singh's movie originally opened on the Toronto Film festival in 2006 and was shopped around a few more festivals around the globe, but was immediately blown away by horrible criticism. Variety's Dennis Harvey, for example, called the film "an overlong whimsy" that was "basically a coffee-table book of striking travelogue images masquerading as warm-hearted period drama and fantasy". And unfortunately Roger Ebert, who was a fan of Singh's "The Cell", was sick and couldn't come to the rescue.
Fortunately there are filmmakers with a true sense for cinema as opposed to pure marketability! David Fincher and Spike Jonze decided to organize at least a limited US-release for "The Fall" launching in March 2008. And from only what I have read about the film I hope many, many people will catch up on it and reward Tarsem's courage and unwillingness to compromise -- as well, of course, his great talent to conceive such fantastic imagery and put it on celluloid.
David Fincher describes the film as "what would've happened if Andrei Tarkovsky had made 'The Wizard of Oz'", and if you watch the trailer, you will immediately get what he is talking about. As an inspiration to all you Fincher fanatics out there, here's a great quote I cannot get out of my head anymore:
To me this film looks absolutely mesmerizing! The story sounds fantastic and very inspired -- I cannot wait to see this!