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Co-writer/director Will Sharpe sets out to create the most English feature in the history of filmmaking with “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.” It’s an impossible task, but Sharpe is committed to the cause, with the Victorian England study of artist Louis Wain trafficking in repressed emotions and grungy locations, and it deals with a tale that’s packed with absolute misery at times. And yet, the subject represents a lighter side of artful pursuits, with Wain famous for his whimsical paintings of cats. Sharpe offers many technical achievements with “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain,” and he’s certainly eager to get inside the man’s head and discover a pained, obsessive existence. Parts of the picture are successful, while the rest takes a large amount of patience to get through, especially when the helmer gets lost in the Britishness of it all, blending lyrical style with bleak content. Read the rest at


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