Posted by: greercn | May 12, 2015

The Falling

Haunting, beautiful and provocative, “The Falling” is distinctive and stunning.

After watching the trailer, I feared it would be a “Picnic At Hanging Rock” copy, offering homage to female teenage tantrums.

Carol Morley has written and directed an utterly individual tale which stands alone as a very English thriller, with an original psychological and physical core.

Morley has astonishing visual power and the beauty of the countryside shimmers and threatens, in equal parts.

In 2006, she made a short film titled “The Madness of The Dance” and “The Falling” expands those ideas of mania and obsession. Concepts of alienation and loss from “Dreams Of A Life” are also here.

We are in 1969 and at school. These scenes made me remember how my school tunic used to itch. It’s all done so well you can feel the textures of the fabrics.

Abbie (Florence Pugh) and Lydia (Maisie Williams) have been best friends, but now face changes.

Writing and acting are of such a high standard. Everyone is terrific and believable, especially the young leads. Maxine Peake, Greta Scacchi and Monica Dolan have fantastic parts, but even actors with just a few lines are great.

Tracey Thorn’s voice adds to the sense of innocence and threat that winds through “The Falling”.

And it’s great to see so many women in one movie. Explorations of feminism, magic, closed communities and damage are all brought in with an exceptionally deft touch.

I loved this and you will too. It’s familiar enough in its themes to be accessible, yet pushes the viewer into feelings and thoughts. It’s a cut above most films.

Reader, I am a gushing fan and did not look at my watch, once.


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