Deyn plays Lily, a young woman living in isolation in a sleepy coastal town in northeast England. Though she is smart and beautiful, Lily’s life has been stunted by epilepsy. Higgins depicts her regular fits from a first-person viewpoint, exploding like electrical storms inside Lily’s head, mental fireworks that crackle with flashbacks and hallucinations until she comes around again, covered in cuts and bruises.
Sparks fly all the way through this low-budget British drama, a self-consciously stylish portrait of a troubled young woman struggling with both epilepsy and unresolved family issues. The chief selling points of Electricity are its high-art visuals, which second-time feature director Bryn Higgins sustains from opening titles to closing credits, and the brittle glamor of model-turned-actress Agyness Deyn, who graduates here from supporting roles to lead.
Dir: Bryn Higgins, 2014, UK, 1 hr. 30 min. 15
Stars: Paul Anderson, Christian Cooke, Agyness Deyn