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Critics laud 60s school drama The Falling


Vendetta Films is releasing The Falling. A period mystery, written and directed by Carol Morley, the acclaimed film will be available on DVD December 9.

Florence Pugh and Maisie Williams (better known as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones) inhabit the roles of students at a strict English girls' school. The year is 1969. Abbie and Lydia are inseparable best friends. But when tragedy occurs the school is stricken by a mysterious fainting epidemic that threatens the stability of all involved. Before long, the condition begins to spread throughout the school community and when Lydia's own symptoms worsen she rallies against the school's authorities to find and remove the underlying cause before its too late.

Also featuring Maxine Peake as one of the girl's mothers, Monica Dolan as the headmistress and Greta Scacchi as her deptuty The Falling evokes memories of Peter Weir's hypnotic supernatural Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Nominated Best Film London Film Festival where actress Florence Pugh was also nominated for best newcomer, The Falling has been hailed by critics. Time Out London describes The Falling as "dizzying, courageous [and] utterly humane."

Peter Bradshaw writing in The Guardian writes, "This is terrific filmmaking - enough to bring a rush of blood to the head."