The Falling (15)
by Carol Morley
From 24th April 2015
One comment made about this film is that it does not look girlish and
is not a far-fetched teen fantasy but that is exactly what it is.
The most absurd moment of this ludicrous movie - it is an account, not
based on any true-life event, of a spate of mass fainting in 1969 in an
English girls' school - occurred when , during assembly, over half of
the pupils all fell to the floor, as if in unison. It could almost have
been a Monty Python sketch from that time period, titled The Ministry
Of Silly Faints!
The stereotype roles were much in evidence, including sexually repressed
middle-aged teachers, the spinsters being the chain smoking headmistress
Miss Alvaro (Monica Dolan) and Miss Mantel (Greta Scacchi), the latter
disapproving of mini-skirts worn by some of the girls. Good job she did
not know of the incest committed by one of her pupils with her brother!
The most intriguing and mysterious character was the mother (Maxine Peake)
of Lydia (Maisie Williams) - one of the main protagonists in the film
- who hardly says a word, suffers from agoraphobia, and receives constant
stick from her daughter.
Could it be that Lydia, who is accused of being one of the girls, along
with her friend Abbie (Florence Pugh), of passing on the symptoms - I
am not sure how - of the constant fainting bouts to the others at the
school, had inherited it of sorts from her personality disordered mum?
The most redeeming feature of The Falling was the highly impressive cinematography
of Agnes Godard, including stunning shots of nature reflected in lakes
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