LFO All About That Bass
released 23 November 2013 | 15 | dvd Director antonio Tublén Cast Patrik Karlson, Izabella Jo Tschig, Per löfberg, ahnna rasch
Nope, not the ’90s techno act. The acronym stands for the same thing – low-frequency oscillation – but rather than making dance music, the antihero of this low-key Swedish sci-fi uses his auditory expertise to manipulate the world around him. Driven almost mad with loneliness after the death of his wife and son, Robert (Patrik Karlson) devises a way to brainwash people using specific audio frequencies, and is soon running elaborate experiments on his neighbours.
With just four key cast members and a single location, LFO is a contained, claustrophobic film that forces you to spend a lot of time with a truly horrible character. Robert is detached, immoral, and yet chillingly believable. The mundanity of his demands – sex, yes, but also clean windows and proper waste disposal – creates some absurd humour, but every laugh is followed up with a nasty gut-punch.
The ending deserves both a trigger warning (for suicidal ideation, yikes) and a standing ovation for sheer ballsiness. You’d have to be careful who you recommended this film to, but it’s so startlingly original and cruelly clever that when it finds its fans, they’ll really love it.
Extras Trailers. Sarah Dobbs
LFO is packed with audio in-jokes; for example, Robert’s online identity is “Dr Moog”, after the synthesiser inventor.
Standards had slipped at The Ivy.
“Help! I’m stuck in a draughts board!”