The story of Lydia, the troubled girl at the centre of a mysterious fainting epidemic, who is determined to discover the cause of the malady spreading through her British all-girl school in 1969, a year when the whole world seems poised on the brink of change.
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Many have seen parallels to Picnic at Hanging Rock, but a closer antecedent to Morley's film is Mother Joan of the Angels; another work about hysteria as protest against repression. From the outset The Falling is a film that shows distortions of nature (a shot of trees refracted by the surface of a lake) & uses this to suggest questions around grief, female sexuality, & an implicit link between women & the elements.
Another one of those dull films that heralded as a masterpiece, despite the little merit outside of having a "star" (who gives a poor performance). Oh, not to mention the clunky direction and grating soundtrack. So, what was the allure here? Can we stop applauding a film for being about girls, or by a woman, and learn to look at it for what it is? Dull and under-cooked.
I don't believe it, I wanna watch this for a long while, this movie's like "Picnic at Hanging Rock" or "Heavenly Creatures" I fucking love, so I finally watch this, WHAT?????????? Maisie Williams faints, Maisie Williams faints, other girls faint to Tracey Thorn's terrible music, Maisie Williams faints, Maisie Williams faints, Maisie Williams faints, I can't believe long-awaited movie is such a garbage, why, why??????
This film was a joke. I understand Carol Morley is a fan of Picnic at Hanging Rock and Heavenly Creatures but you can't just make a mash-up of everything teenage related+everything feminist-related and call it arthouse. Bitterly disappointed.
On the surface, an overly straightforward tale. But it manages to take its central conceit and slowly raises questions around it, resulting in a fascinating exploration of collective grief, pushing female passivity to its extreme as an act of reclamation, telling women what happened/they feel. Undoubtedly a bit too slow and self-serious for its own good, but has big ideas and great flashes of experimental cinema.
Everyone that gives more than one star should be ashamed. People are compering this film to Picnic at Hanging Rock and Heavily Creatures which IS INSULTING at the least. Most annoying music ever, terrible performances, directing by what seem a filmmaking first year student, hiding all the mistakes with flashy nonsensical cuts. One of the worse most self-indulgent film ever made. Don't miss the self gratuitous Incest