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      Electric Malady

      2022 1h 24m Documentary List
      83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews Artist and filmmaker Marie Lidén invites audiences into the isolated world of William, a young man who’s spent a decade reluctantly retreating from modern life. A one-time master’s student and aspiring musician, his adverse reaction to the electrical radiation from our interconnected digital age has led him to a remote cabin in the Swedish wilderness where he’s cut himself off from most forms of technology. But how do you get off the grid when the grid is now everywhere? Hidden in a foil-encased bedroom, beneath layers of copper-lined fabric, William speaks openly to Lidén about suffering from the condition known as electrosensitivity. Shot partly with a hand-cranked Bolex camera, what emerges is a lyrical and empathetic portrait of loneliness and isolation — and a loving family’s efforts to save their son’s life. Read More Read Less

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      Wendy Ide Observer (UK) Lidén sidesteps the medical science around this somewhat contested disease, instead adopting a creative, dreamily poetic approach to evoking William’s lonely existence. Rated: 4/5 Mar 5, 2023 Full Review Kevin Maher Times (UK) The film... softly sidesteps debates around the medical credibility of William’s condition and instead becomes a touching portrait of a man who’s barely there. Rated: 4/5 Mar 4, 2023 Full Review Lillian Crawford Empire Magazine There’s something disturbing about depicting a medical condition through the tropes of the horror genre. But Marie Lidén gives William a voice where others might be dismissive, and even hope. Rated: 3/5 Mar 3, 2023 Full Review Elena Lazic Cineuropa While this respectful approach is understandable in the context of a documentary about William and not about this as-yet-unrecognised illness, it does make for a rather repetitive and monotonous film. Mar 8, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Riain R It could have been a comedy but it ended up being a little bit of poetic horror. I'm still giggling about our first real glimpse of the human faraday cage. Its hard to believe but apparamntly 1-3% of humans are affected by electromagnetic waves. Its only a matter of time until this man self destructs or gets addicted to painkillers. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Artist and filmmaker Marie Lidén invites audiences into the isolated world of William, a young man who’s spent a decade reluctantly retreating from modern life. A one-time master’s student and aspiring musician, his adverse reaction to the electrical radiation from our interconnected digital age has led him to a remote cabin in the Swedish wilderness where he’s cut himself off from most forms of technology. But how do you get off the grid when the grid is now everywhere? Hidden in a foil-encased bedroom, beneath layers of copper-lined fabric, William speaks openly to Lidén about suffering from the condition known as electrosensitivity. Shot partly with a hand-cranked Bolex camera, what emerges is a lyrical and empathetic portrait of loneliness and isolation — and a loving family’s efforts to save their son’s life.
      Director
      Marie Lidén
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      Swedish
      Runtime
      1h 24m