The Falling: Film Review


Odd is the best way to describe The Falling. So weird that I didn’t like it. I’m all for independent cinema but I found this quite hard to access because you just did not understand what was going on and it just all seemed so bizarre.

Maisie Williams stars as Lydia, a schoolgirl who is fascinated by her friend Abigail (newcomer Florence Pugh). Abigail falls pregnant and begins fainting,  and soon her closest friends experience mass hysteria in the form of fainting and the school has no idea how to stop it.

Until the term mass hysteria was used in the Q&A afterwards, I didn’t actually realise what was happening. My constant thought while watching this was ‘what the f**k?!’ because it was all so bonkers. I couldn’t tell if Lydia was actually ill or if she was going a bit nuts or if it was all fake, because some collapses looked deliberately unrealistic.


Films where you don’t know what is going on are simply not my cup of tea. The ending was a bizarre and disappointing and the film was far too long – I found myself struggling to concentrate a few times. However, I thought Maisie was great and totally fearless in this role. She was a perfect lead for the film and it’s impressive what she throws herself into considering she is only 17 (18 now). I liked Florence and Maxine Peake, who plays Lydia’s mother, and I wish she was used more. I also enjoyed the 1960s time period, the school setting and the music used. But like I said, it is a challenge to watch so pursue if you dare.


Please note: This article was originally posted in October 2014 after I saw this as part of the BFI London Film Festival. It is released in cinemas today. 


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