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The Falling

The Falling 15 rating

Amid the seething hormones and turbulent emotions of an all-girl school, a mysterious fainting sickness takes hold.

Drama 2014 102 mins

Director: Carol Morley

Overview

Amid the seething hormones and turbulent emotions of an all-girl school, a close friendship develops between confident and charismatic Abbie (Florence Pugh) and loyal, thoughtful Lydia (Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones). Their intense relationship becomes the catalyst for the emergence of a mysterious psychogenic illness that strikes both pupils and teachers alike.

The first narrative feature from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Carol Morley completely overturns any preconceptions about her realist roots – The Falling is a highly stylised work that marries the dreamy atmosphere of The Virgin Suicides with the sensorial richness of The Duke of Burgundy. With angular melodies from Everything but the Girl’s Tracey Thorn and shimmering pastoral photography by veteran Agnès Godard (Beau Travail), The Falling is a dizzying and delirious fever dream.