Fallen: The Search of a Broken Angel (2023)

I have to say I liked a lot of what director Alex Kruz brings to the table in terms of a film that’s very much about fate, and purpose, and existence. While “Fallen” can be tough to follow in its first few minutes, Kruz does manage to really catch the audience up. “Fallen” wears its influences on its sleeve, relying a lot on spirituality to punctuate what is in its core a tale about love and finding love.

Set in New York, Sam Ares lives life as a carefree soul but in his dream he encounters the same woman several times. He can’t forget her even though he doesn’t know who she is or what the connection is. Sam journeys to the places where he thinks his dreams and visions point him to, trying to find out his purpose and connect the puzzle pieces. Meanwhile a young woman, Kristina, draws Sam’s face from her mind’s eye as she feels his torment. She doesn’t understand who this person is in her drawings. As they constantly find themselves in the same places, they begin to wonder if they’re missing part of themselves outside of their dreams.

Director Kruz opts for a very unconventional and non-linear storyline where protagonist Sam Ares spends most of his time sleeping with various women and hoping to find meaning in his encounters. Through all of this he’s haunted by dreams of a gorgeous red haired woman who beckons him. A lot of “Fallen” is placed on Sam Ares’ quest and what he has to ultimately come to terms with in order to reconcile his spirituality with coming of age. There’s a lot of focus on Sam’s trysts and how they’re ultimately nothing but hollow experiences when all is said and done.

One encounter involves his meeting with a shallow woman who hopes to keep Sam tied down with a proposition. Ultimately I wish we’d seen a lot more of Kristina’s character arc, as she appears every now and then but only serves as an instrument to Sam’s awakening more than anything else. She felt very under developed. Also the ADR is rough around the edges at various points, as the dubbing is either muffled or uneven in tone. I was convinced “Fallen” was a dubbed foreign film at first until I finally caught on. That said, director Kruz is a very good visualist and “Fallen” is a good film, especially if you’re into spirituality and concepts of fate and destiny.