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Falling is at once a character study times five and something of a generational snapshot.
Barbara Albert, the director-writer of the Austrian soaper Falling, probably never thought to call her film One Wedding and a Funeral, but it would have been an appropriate title.
Part feel-bad cinema and part female-bonding session, Barbara Albert's Big Chill-ish melodrama gathers together five former schoolmates who meet up again at a professor's funeral.
It's all quite noisy, but there doesn't seem to be very much going on as the shared confidences and female bonding are not especially convincing.
A well-played, cleanly shot but spectacularly empty tale of five female schoolmates reunited at a funeral for a teacher.
If it weren't for the fine performances, FALLING might have proven sleep-inducing.
Albert makes her existential study lively and entertaining through a mixture of thoughtful character development and unpredictable storytelling.
Charging Albert's film with looking too much like an American chick flick is to give it short shrift.
Fallen is about listlessness in the face of personal and global turmoil and about gesturing toward a political stance.
Meanders forward with little apparent direction and virtually no interesting drama.
Consciously mannered and using broad brushstrokes and pumping music, Fallen follows five female friends for 36 hours.
A difficult movie to understand, as the action moves from a funeral, to a roadside fair, to a wedding reception, to a bar, and back to somebody's house, without any sense of purpose to the meanderings. Meanwhile the viewer is left to untangle the various relationships and understand what these five women have in common. Eventually, the lights do begin to come on, but by that time one has forgotten what the questions were. That these five women share a common bond is the one sure thing. Figuring out what forged that bond is the challenge, should you decide to accept it. Mildly entertaining, but no deep philosophical answers to be found here. These women are friends, at different points in their lives, moving in different directions, and will probably not be able to find much common ground for very much longer. But for this one night, they are united in a quest to rekindle what they had in school. Whether that was high school or college is never revealed. Given some of the revelations, one hopes it was college.
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