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The Falling (2014)

It's 1969 at a strict English girls' school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.

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Eileen Lamont
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Abbie Mortimer
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Susan
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Miss Edith Mantel
Rose Caton ...
Titch
Lauren McCrostie ...
Gwen
Katie Ann Knight ...
Connie
Evie Hooton ...
Janet
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Miss Martha Alvaro
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Mr Hopkins
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Miss Pamela Charron
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Kenneth Lamont
Elizabeth Marsh ...
Miss Fanshawe
Hannah Stokely ...
Miss Ash
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It's 1969 at a strict English girls' school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.

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24 April 2015 (UK)  »

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Eszmélet  »

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£750,000 (estimated)
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Both Maisie Williams and her character, Lydia Lamont, were 16 years at the time of filming. See more »

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Disclaimer near the end of the credits: "Although this film was inspired by a variety of real episodes of mass psychogenic illnesses, the narrative is entirely fictional." See more »

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Featured in Film '72: Episode #44.3 (2015) See more »

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In the bad bad old days (before I knew you)
Written by Tony Macaulay and John McLeod
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All over the place
1 November 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE FALLING is a film detailing an outbreak of fainting at an all-girl school in 1969. Such events are well-documented in real life and often have the authorities and various specialists puzzled, although it's widely acknowledged that they're psychosomatic in nature. So there's potential here for an interesting storyline.

Unfortunately, the storyline of THE FALLING is all over the place. For the first half hour it's a typical tale of teenage angst and friendship. Things take a darker turn with the introduction of incestuous sub-plots and the like, but then they become ridiculous with the well-choreographed fainting spells. Subliminal imagery abounds, alongside some hinted-at supernatural aspects, but it all adds up to far less than the sum of its components. What's the message here, anyway? What's it all about?

I previously saw director Carol Morley's docu-drama DREAMS OF A LIFE and that was a similar film in that it had an interesting premise but sub-standard execution. Plus, Morley doesn't seem to be very assured at getting good performances out of her actors, and the acting is of a distinctly wishy-washy standard here. I love Maisie Williams in GAME OF THRONES, but she seems unsure of herself here and sometimes just feels like Arya in a school uniform.


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