Dark and disturbing, this multi-layered tale of terror follows the complex sequence of events that unfold when the leader of the Doctor Parnassus travelling theatre troupe, promises the audience a journey to the "Imaginarium", an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true.
In the stories that Doctor Parnassus tells his daughter Valentina, the midget Percy, and his assistant Anton, he claims to have lived for more than one thousand years; However, when he fell in love with a mortal woman, he made a deal with the devil (Mr. Nick), trading his immortality for youth.
As part of the bargain, he promised his son or daughter to Mr. Nick on their sixteenth birthday. Valentina is now almost upon the doomed age and Doctor Parnassus makes a new bet with Mr. Nick, whoever seduces five souls in the Imaginarium will have Valentina as a prize.
Meanwhile, the troupe rescues Tony, a young man that was hanged on a bridge by the Russians. Tony was chased until he finds and joins the group. Tony and Valentina fall in love with each other and the jealous Anton discovers that his competition may be a liar.
Did you know?
In the film, Tony Shephard (Heath Ledger's character) is found hanging from London's Blackfriars Bridge by Valentina and Anton. In June, 1982, Roberto Calvi - an Italian banker with ties to the Vatican Bank and the Sicilian Mafia - was found hanging from the Blackfriars Bridge. It has never been fully determined if his death was murder or suicide. Read More