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THE FALLING (15) A FAINTING epidemic sweeps through a late 1960s all-girls school in Carol Morley's lyrical and haunting feature.

Sixteen-year-old Lydia (Maisie Williams) and Abbie (Florence Pugh) are best friends, who make a vow to never lose touch.

This sisterly bond is tested when Abbie sleeps with Lydia's older brother Kenneth (Joe Cole), who is the man of the house in the absence of a father.

The children's mother Eileen (Maxine Peake) is agoraphobic and runs a hairdressing business from the house, but refuses to step outside.

Tragedy strikes at the school and Lydia struggles to cope with her loss and with the pressure of maintaining peace between her mother and brother.

Soon after, an infectious hysteria sweeps through the school and Lydia finds herself at the centre of the hullabaloo, bringing the teenager into conflict with chain-smoking headmistress Miss Alvaro (Monica Dolan) and emotionally brittle teacher Miss Mantel (Greta Scacchi).

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Best friends... |Maisie Williams, back, and Florence Pugh taste tragedy in The Falling

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 24, 2015
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