THE FALL­ING

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS FILM - TB

Di­rected by Carol Mor­ley. Star­ring Maisie Wil­liams, Florence Pugh, Greta Scac­chi It is 1969 and hor­mones reign at an English girls’ school, where spiky Ly­dia (Wil­liams) and dreamy Ab­bie (re­mark­able new­comer Pugh) en­joy a hair-stroking, quasi-Sap­phic best-friend­ship. A tragedy fi­nally sep­a­rates the girls and Ly­dia faints. And then other girls faint. What is go­ing on here? Ly­dia’s trou­bled re­la­tion­ship with her hair­dresser mother (Peake) and un­set­tling home life bring kitchen- sink grit to the oth­er­world­li­ness and at­mo­spher­ics of a film that is firmly an­chored in its pe­riod. Spook­ily be­witch­ing. 16 cert, lim re­lease, 102 min

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