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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 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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Trivia

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.

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Quotes

Zak: If I'm right, it means that whatever gave us our minute wasn't love, it was fate. It means im just here to serve a purpose for you. It means everything is already decided. There's no freedom, no responsibility, and knowledge absolutely does not determine destiny.
Marie: Does it matter?
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An ambitious philosophical dilemma wrapped in a Sci-fi Romance.
27 August 2015 | by akash_sebastianSee all my reviews

Writer-Director Darren Paul Fischer's film 'Frequencies' is quite ambitious in nature, not by its budget, but by the number of intriguing themes it explores and way it makes us contemplate on them. The experimental film combines the themes of science fiction and romance to deal with profound philosophical questions.

The movie is set in a world where people are born with predetermined frequencies, which signifies one's luck and the rate of success in life. Nature favours high-frequencied people, and when a high born meets a low born, some reaction or disturbance occurs to stop this. So, many people try to understand the workings of nature and try finding ways which can alter the effect of such laws. This kind of concept doesn't need a big budget, special effects and such, to explore. A riveting story with proper elements can easily do the trick, and that's what Fischer does here.

Identity, luck, success, destiny, choice and accidental discovery are just the superficial themes of the film. The underlying themes and questions make the film much more fascinating. Like, one of the main ideas it touches is partial knowledge/information. In the film's story, characters determine solutions to their problems and workings of nature with the help of knowledge (partial or specific) they have regarding the subject, and with each new discovery of information, the understanding, and thus the solution keeps changing. In the same way, in the three segments of the film, we ourselves see how the revelation of new information makes us see the same scene in a different light. In that regard, the film and its philosophy combine to give us an elegant and artistic puzzle.

The casting is good, especially the cute younger versions of the characters. Sometimes, the dialogues seem a bit too expository and there are moments which remind us of the film's low budget, but the underlying philosophical questions keep us engaged enough not to be bothered by such trivial shortcomings. The brilliant cinematography and effective editing also play an important part to make the film tight and gripping. Like, even the varying colour tones of the scenes (red being low frequency, and purple being high) have meaning, and look beautiful in the storytelling process.

There is no question regarding the movie's intellect and scope, but a little more heart and soul would have made it perfect. A little more character depth would have helped as well. But that being said, its themes have been handled well, and for a runtime of 105 minutes, it maintains the right pace and dares to shower us with a bunch of thought-provoking ideas.


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