Life: Film Review: The Falling (2014)

the falling

Arya Stark finally goes cray. 

For some reason I really, really enjoy eerie films situated around a secluded all-girls school at some point in the past. Some examples of this very specific genre are Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and Cracks (2009).

So when I heard that Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones fame would be starring in such a film, I was very excited. IMDB describes The Falling thus: ‘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.’

The Falling was inspired by incidents of mass hysteria and films such as the aforementioned Picnic at Hanging Rock. The film immediately draws you into the relationship between Abbie and Lydia; the two stars have a lot of chemistry that really help to make this film work. In my experience films like The Falling are certainly not for everyone, but I find the intensity of the relationship between the two girls, and the downward spiral of Lydia (Maisie Williams) intoxicating. I don’t like to give much away in my reviews as I think it’s much better to see for yourself, but if you are a fan of films including mystery, female friendships, desire and screwed-up people this is for you!