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| Best friends... Maisie |Williams as Lydia (back) and Florence Pugh as Abbie THE FALLING (15) ..... TEMPERATURES run high at an English all-girls' school in this 60s-set drama. Game Of Thrones' Maisie Williams puts in a fiery turn as excitable young Lydia, while newcomer Florence Pugh is well cast as her charismatic best friend.

After a tragedy occurs, an epidemic of fainting strikes the school, puzzling parents and teachers but thrilling Lydia, who thrives on the melodrama.

Recalling eerie, atmospheric classics such as Picnic At Hanging Rock and Heavenly Creatures, The Falling feels as if it hails from another era, rather than merely being set in one.

While weighty themes are tackled in Lydia's home life - her mother (Maxine Peake) being agoraphobic - the school scenes offer escape, humour and a sense of nostalgia.

it's an uneasy watch but a seductive one, beckoning you into the darker corners of its heroine's world with a keen eye for character and a poetic sensibility.

Like director Carol Morley's earlier film Dreams Of A Life,

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 26, 2015
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