Electricity

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Electricity Review


With an artful aesthetic that will please fans of ambitious independent filmmaking, this British drama struggles to match its lush imagery with an oddly simplistic script. Even as it addresses epilepsy with an insider's knowing perspective, the strong, fresh cast never gets to bring out much depth in the characters. Which leaves the movie feeling like little more than an exercise in whizzy camerawork and swirly editing.

It begins in Blackpool, where Lily (Agyness Deyn) is resolutely refusing to update her epilepsy meds, because the new ones make her feel fuzzy. But this means she has frequent seizures. And they only get worse after her mother dies. With help from her boss (Tom Georgeson), she tracks down her big brother Barry (Paul Anderson), who tells her he's planning to sell Mum's house and divide the cash between them. But Lily thinks their black-sheep brother Mikey (Christian Cooke) deserves his share, even though he disappeared four years ago. So she travels to London to find him, having key encounters with a homeless girl (Saffron Coomber), a kindly stranger (Lenora Crichlow) and eventually a sexy young man (Ben Batt) who may know where Mikey is.

The title refers to Lily's seizures, which she describes as an electrical explosion in her brain, and filmmaker Bryn Higgins uses inventive imagery and editing to take the audience right into her perspective. These scenes are harrowing and moving, even if there's no real sense of peril. Not only do we never doubt that Lily will be OK, but we get increasingly annoyed by her nagging naivete in misunderstanding everything and everyone around her. Surely fixing her dosage would help her avoid these devastating seizures. The actors manage to make the most of these oddly underwritten roles as people using whatever is at hand to cope with their miserable lives.

Deyn is solid at the centre, even if she never looks like anything but a supermodel indulging in quirky charity-shop chic. Most bizarrely, the character has no real arc, ending up pretty much where she started without learning anything significant through her odyssey. And this is the real problem because Higgins seems more interested At least the film looks beautifully dreamlike, and carries a strongly visceral kick. But by never quite breaking this beautiful surface, Higgins merely plays with strong emotions while never quite getting round to discovering the point of it all.



Electricity

Facts and Figures

Genre: Dramas

Run time: 30 mins

In Theaters: Friday 21st September 2007

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 7.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Bryn Higgins

Producer: Clare Duggan, Bryn Higgins

Starring: as Lilly O'Connor, as Mel, as Mikey O'Connor

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