High school is pretty much hell, but the saving grace for most American high school students is, well, the fact that they’re not in a British boarding school — especially in the ’60s. If movies have taught us anything, it’s that the strict, austere world of the English education system is a dismal place, particularly in an era when conservative attitudes toward women’s role in society ran rampant.
It’s that background that provides the puritanical setting for Carol Morley’s drama stars Maisie Williams as Lydia, a precocious young woman who becomes attracted to a fellow student named Abbie, who, unlike Lydia, is beginning to explore her own sexuality.
Their friendship borders on the obsessive, and their popularity among the other students begins to concern the school’s harsh headmaster. And when Lydia becomes afflicted with a mysterious illness, which leaves her in various states of unconsciousness, her classmates begin to exhibit similar symptoms.
Is it a strange contagion, or is a mass hysteria breaking out that directly confronts the authority figures who control the school?
And features a gorgeous score from Everything but the Girl’s Tracey Thorn.
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