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The Falling Review
Culture & Literature, Film & TV

The Falling Review

The Falling, dir. Carol Morley, UK, 2014, 102 mins, cert. 15 Two things lingered in my mind, one acridly the other more pleasurably, after watching The Falling, Carol Morley’s new film after the experimental based-on-a-true-story documentary Dreams of a Life. The first is a tenebrous line spoken by Maxine Peake’s character, the mother of the central schoolgirl Lydia (Maisie Williams), in the penultimate scene of the film. The other is, or rather are, Tracey Thorn’s ephemeral songs peppered throughout the film at the end of scenes like choric punctuation rocking the narrative along. To single out the musical soundtrack and this moment is not to de-emphasize the sway The Falling exerts on the spectator as a whole. Whilst purposefully redolent of Picnic at Hanging Rock and Heavenly Crea...