DVD Review: 'The Falling'
Carol Morley's The Falling (2014) manages to balance finding the girls - and their tremulous readings of Wordsworth - both amusing and touching. The tone is mercurial and unique: this is simultaneously a coming-of-age drama, a wry comedy about teenage histrionics, and an enigmatic film about possessed children, bringing to mind Henry James' novella The Turn Of the Screw. With semi- serious references to ley lines and magick, along with its mystical folk music soundtrack, it feels like Mean Girls (2004) meets The Wicker Man (1973). Morley's latest shot through with a curious, deadpan humour, as when the headmistress forgoes the smelling salts and nonchalantly unpins her brooch to spike Lydia's leg and bring her to. Altogether, The Falling is an interesting, original and very British film. It's certainly worth seeing, even if the final act blurts much that would have been better left unsaid.