New York Times reviews Frequencies film

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Period22 May 2014

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  • TitleMovie Review - Frequencies
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletNew York Times
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    DescriptionBefore summer tent poles are fully erected, and science fiction is dominated by spaceships, superheroes and special effects, “Frequencies” arrives to remind us that all sci-fi truly requires is a slightly surreal twist on life.
    In this ambitious little British film, written and directed by Darren Paul Fisher, every individual emits a frequency that determines his or her luck, particularly in love. The higher the frequency, the better the luck — but also the lower the empathy.

    The story starts at a prep school, where testing identifies the students’ frequencies at an early age. Marie, with a superhigh reading and an inability to feel, draws the unrequited desires of Zak and his superlow number. Because of the extreme difference in their frequencies, they cannot even speak together for more than a minute before the earth shudders, fires combust, or overhead planes drop luggage.
    When they meet again years later, Zak (Daniel Fraser) claims to have found a way to ease their disparities. Marie (Eleanor Wyld) is first intrigued to learn how he has accomplished this. Then, when they are able to touch and even kiss, she is won over, at last able to feel.
    That’s only the first of the movie’s many mysteries, which unfold as it pursues issues greater than one romance. Teeming with ideas, “Frequencies” is just as interested in debating free will versus determinism, or investigating the science that might lie behind old superstitions. Flashbacks replay key scenes to reveal secrets hidden in plain view. While the detached, deadpan tone and occasionally stilted acting might leave some viewers flat, there’s no doubting the fierce intelligence behind this admirable puzzle box of a movie.
    PersonsDarren Fisher