Director: Carol Morley
Stars: Maisie Williams, Maxine Peake, Florence Pugh.
Synopsis: It’s 1969 at a strict English all girl’s school where Abbie and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic break out threatening the stability of all involved.
Review: Lydia’s best friend Abbie is really sick. She is fainting, vomiting, and feels bad all the time. Her friends thinks she is pregnant because of her new found habits. Maisie Williams’s character (Lydia) is learning about her self and growing up. She does some experimentation to see what she likes and yes some of the experimentation is risqué in nature. Her character seems to start having some kind of mental break down from losing her close friend Abbie and unfortunately there isn’t anyone around that can actually console her properly. She saw a psychiatrist that the school made her see once but not on a continued basis. She really needed continued therapy. She is mean to her mother and starts acting very promiscuous with the people around her. Acting out at school as well by trying to tick off the teachers.
The students of this all girls school are one by one having fainting spells. Seriously, Maisie Williams hits the ground a lot in this film. I hate to say it but it was very funny after a while. One moment she is talking to some one, the next moment she is on the floor with the person she was speaking with looking bewildered. She does a very good job in this movie. She plays a very interesting character, adventurous, daring, and a trouble maker.
Weird movie. Lots of twists and turns in this film. The movie takes a slow and steady pace. I would say that I do like this movie because it gives you the illusion that you are an observer into someone’s life. After a while you feel life your there in the movie with the other characters. That is quite cool.
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