The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus tells the story of the titular Doctor and his travelling 'Imaginarium' where audience members get the chance to choose between light and joy, or darkness and gloom. Doctor parnassus long ago made a bet with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on the grounds that when his first born reached its 16th year, he or she would become the property of the devil. Dr Parnassus' daughter Valentina is now approaching her 16th birthday and he is desperate to protect her from the imminant handover. The devil arrives but, as a betting man, makes another wager. Now, in order to win Valentina, the victor must be the first to seduce five souls. Joined by many wild and eccentric characters in his journey, Dr Parnassus promises his daughter's hand in marriage to the man that helps him win.
This new Terry Gilliam flick will be notable for being the last film Heath Ledger worked on, his role in the film being unfinished before his untimely death. As the story is centered on a 1,000 year old magician with a magic mirror that serves as a portal, the film was saved by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell all playing versions of the same character portrayed by Ledger, changing as they pass through the mirror.