Unused potential is often one of the saddest things in the world, but using it is often one of the scariest. Lady Electric is such a simple, understated little film with such a devastatingly beautiful heart at it’s centre, and that heart shines through transforming it into something much brighter.
For a film that focuses almost entirely on an exchange between a carer and a patient, and with a running time of under ten minutes. it delivers quite the bang in terms of story and emotional impact. The characters interact well and their strained relationship is tangible, but so is their connection. Their is an obvious bitterness from the patient but once she sees something in her carer, something she recognises we see her change. This is where the true beating heart of the film comes into play, and where we see the depth of the characters come to the surface.
The dialogue used is well written and developed and never really feels expositional or unnatural, which is an achievement in itself. When you consider there are only two characters with a limited time frame it is even more admirable that the dialogue wasn’t more on-the-nose.
The performances are strong without being over the top or stereotypical and the cinematography/photography is simple yet effective. Though the production value is high, the film hinges on its story and characters and that isn’t lost at any point in the film, it doesn’t try to over-dramatise itself but instead remains true to its aims.
An honest and beautiful film that all involved should be proud of.