The Falling (2014)

The Falling (2014) movie poster

director Carol Morley
viewed: 10/18/2015

Not for the faint of heart.  I don’t have the faintest idea why this film wasn’t just called “The Fainting”.  Faint praise.

I stumbled on Carol Morley’s The Falling via a tweet of Guillermo del Toro who posted it in positive association with The Babadook (2014) and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Midnight (2014).  So I queued it up.

Set in 1969 at an English girls school, it stars Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams and Maxine Peake as a pair of very close teenage girls, verging their way into sexuality, suddenly beset by dizzy spells and fainting.  When Maxine’s character dies, Maisie’s character starts a round of fainting among the other girls that winds up as one mass hysteria (or something else?)

Throw on top of this complex mess of things, Williams’s mom, an ice-cold agoraphobe, a hypersexual brother, eventual incest, and you’ve got something that is definitely “loaded.”  Unfortunately it’s both loaded and laughable.  I watched it with my kids and we started making guesses at how many more fainting episodes would occur near the half-way point.  Clara won by guessing 30 or more.  We started laughing at them all.

The Falling has gotten decent reviews, but with its light girl rock soundtrack and hyper-sillyness, the whole thing was a ridiculous mess for me.

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