March 27, 2016

The trees


The Falling (Carol Morley, 2015). A quiet, dreamy film about teen girl hysteria, set as the British 1960s were about to turn into the 1970s – and Carol Morley evokes the creepy, pagan, autumnal, erotic, supernatural feeling of the era, complete with anti-realist Don’t Look Now-style edits, beautiful cinematography (trees, rain, legs, faces) by Agnes Godard and a creaking folk soundtrack provided by Tracey Thorn. There are also tips of imaginary hats to The Devils, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Virgin Suicides and Heavenly Creatures and perhaps even early 70s Hammer horrors, but it’s not just pastiche or revivalism – there is something deeper and fresher happening here.