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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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.
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
This film was sensationalist, sub par and dull in parts. I had such high hopes from the trailer, and I was super let down by the unnecessary incest plot. The topic of collective hysteria could have been handled so much better.
the influences for carol morley's the falling were very evident but i found the film to be enticing and incredibly powerful. with alot more under the surface of the script, the film is a strong comment on friendships, mental illness, female repression and sexual awakening during the 60s. claustraphobic close ups and maisie williams captivating performance add to the drama and tension of this piece, just beautiful.