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The Falling (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 24 April 2015 (UK)
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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.

Director:

Carol Morley

Writer:

Carol Morley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxine Peake ... Eileen Lamont
Maisie Williams ... Lydia Lamont
Florence Pugh ... Abbie Mortimer
Anna Burnett ... Susan
Greta Scacchi ... Miss Edith Mantel
Rose Caton Rose Caton ... Titch
Lauren McCrostie ... Gwen
Katie Ann Knight Katie Ann Knight ... Connie
Evie Hooton Evie Hooton ... Janet
Monica Dolan ... Miss Martha Alvaro
Mathew Baynton ... Mr Hopkins
Morfydd Clark ... Miss Pamela Charron
Joe Cole ... Kenneth Lamont
Elizabeth Marsh Elizabeth Marsh ... Miss Fanshawe
Hannah Stokely 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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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Eszmélet See more »

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Budget:

£750,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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According to Maisie Williams, director Carol Morley instructed Maxine Peake (Eileen Lamont) to not communicate with Williams (Lydia Lamont) and to keep her distance from her, in order to replicate the lack of relationship between their characters. Morley did not tell Williams about this, which left Williams feeling disliked and upset throughout the shoot due to the way Peake was ignoring her. Williams eventually found out about it during the wrap party after shooting had ended, when Peake told her about Morley's instructions and apologized for any upset caused. 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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Features Panorama (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Alternative School Orchestra Theme
Devised and performed by Rose Caton, Evie Hooton, Katie Ann Knight, Lauren McCrostie, Florence Pugh and Maisie Williams
Additional music, vocals and arrangement by Tracey Thorn
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Blander than it should be
6 February 2017 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

When a charismatic classmate dies, her school-friends start to suffer from a mysterious mass fainting fit. Is it supernatural, grief or just a cry for attention? The headmistress (well-played by Greta Saatchi) just wishes it would all go away. It's a nice concept, but the film seems too obviously sympathetic to the girls, without really letting us inside their heads. Oddly, they don't seem to be so freaked out by their condition. Also, the soundtrack is absurdly intrusive, and deflates rather than enhances the natural atmosphere. And there's just a little too much in the way of extraneous plot - budding sexuality, a troubled mother - daughter relationship - to truly build the sense of claustrophobia which would be needed to make the film a success. Overall, it's just a little bit blander than one might have hoped.


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