R&A 15: The Falling

1 h 42 min  |  Love&Anarchy  |  Release Date: 17.9.2015

One of the greatest pleasures of cinema is watching a film that continues to unspool long after the closing credits have rolled.

We open in a Wordsworthian idyll (...). Here we meet spiky Lydia “Lamb” Lamont (Game of Thrones’s Maisie Williams) and golden girl Abbie Mortimer (newcomer Florence Pugh), an odd couple in the throes of a Heavenly Creatures-style infatuation (...). Lydia fears losing Abbie, whose backseat dalliances with boys signal a growing change in their relationship. The attentions of Lydia’s brother Kenneth (...) widen the rift (...). But, like Twin Peaks’s Laura Palmer, this high-school queen is “full of secrets” (...). As more and more pupils re-enact the fainting fit that accompanied Abbie’s own “fall”, the school’s chain-smoking headmistress Miss Alvaro looks on with pin-pricking, era-changing disdain.

[Morley’s] work is deeply rooted in reality, but its true power resides in something altogether more transcendent, indefinable, magical.

-Mark Kermode, The Guardian

Language: English / Subtitles: -

    

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