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Frequencies (2013)

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Not Rated | | Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi | 23 May 2014 (USA)
In an alternate reality, children learn how lucky they will be (their "frequency"), knowledge which shapes their destiny. The unluckiest boy must parse the mysteries of free will in order to pursue his forbidden love of the luckiest girl.

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Darren Paul Fisher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Fraser ... Zak
Eleanor Wyld ... Marie
Owen Pugh Owen Pugh ... Theo
Dylan Llewellyn ... Teen Zak
Georgina Minter-Brown ... Teen Marie
Tom England Tom England ... Teen Theo
Charlie Rixon Charlie Rixon ... Child Zak
Lily Laight ... Child Marie
Ethan Turton Ethan Turton ... Child Theo
David Broughton-Davies ... Strauss
Emma Powell Emma Powell ... Miss. Anderson
David Barnaby David Barnaby ... Mr. Fortune
Doris Zajer Doris Zajer ... Mrs. Fortune
Timothy Block Timothy Block ... Bridges
Ria Carroll Ria Carroll ... Nicola Tesla
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In an alternate reality, children learn how lucky they will be (their "frequency"), knowledge which shapes their destiny. The unluckiest boy must parse the mysteries of free will in order to pursue his forbidden love of the luckiest girl.

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Close to the end of the film there is this wee delightful wink to Burgess/Kubrick, when the GP ponders the fact that humans might be nothing more than complex machines, i.e. mechanical, while playing with an orange (close up of the hand). See more »

Goofs

One of three matches selected by Ministry of Partnership, Helen Malzin, is from Germany. The profile information on the computer screen showed the GDR, the country abbreviation for German Democratic Republic, which is informally known as East Germany.

The proper abbreviation would read as FRG, Federal Republic of Germany. See more »

Quotes

Marie: Sometimes a tick is just a tick.
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One Stormy Night
Written by Alex Pinder and Ben Hatfield
Performed by Arthur Rigby and The Baskervilles
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Most Intelligent Philosophical Sci-Fi I Have Seen This Millennium
29 July 2013 | by christian94See all my reviews

I saw the world premiere at Fantasia and chatted at length with writer/director/editor/producer Darren Paul Fisher afterwards.

The Universe he created and that the viewer slowly discovers is complex, coherent, intriguing and raise ethical and philosophical questions including the classic determinism versus free will dilemma. The arguments and points of view are quite interesting, with a caveat that in the end, perhaps who cares?

There is a love story in the midst (and a friendship) that builds and begs to reach you emotionally with fine acting and directing. Character development arise seamlessly through three different age period and the pacing and editing are quite remarkably on cue.

I don't want to reveal too much about this cerebral science fiction, but there are many clever surprises that awaits the engaged viewer both in the story twists and the underlying concepts explored. Even love has some deep philosophical implications at one point in the context of the film.

So there you have it: the best film of Fantasia so far this year and one of the best sci-fi ever, from the spectacular script to the screen.

Bravo Mr Fisher and thank you for sharing your thoughts and labour of love in this artistic and philosophical masterpiece.


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23 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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