Catinca’s film

… and if you’re not completely smitten by the performance of young Catinca Untaru as Alexandria, then you probably have a few mean bones in your body stashed away somewhere. Tarsem waited a long time to cast the perfect young girl in this part (she was probably about 7 or 8 when this was filmed), and he was wise to hold out until he felt he had the right actress. She’s such an engaging and natural performer in this role that you literally feel the emotional reactions she has to Roy’s ever evolving stories. You’ll get misty eyed more than once (I sure did!) and marvel at her wonderful presence. Lee Pace as Roy is every bit her equal when it comes to his performance, but it’s really Catinca’s film, because everything begins and is resolved within her perspective as listener and eventual participant in the stories….

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