Short Film

TIFF 2013: ‘Paradise Falls’ an imaginative magical-realist coming-of-age tale

Director Fantavious Fritz, his name itself sounding straight out of a Wes Anderson tale, has crafted a magical story of adolescence following in the tradition of Huck Finn, yet told through the eyes of a young modernist filmmaker. Paradise Falls begins through a deep-voiced narration (provided by Alex Crowther) in deadpan inflections recalling the history and setting of the Paradise Falls suburban development, now abandoned and surrounded by death and curses.

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