Brand New U, showing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival is a tense, futuristic thriller about parallel identities that at heart is a love story. Slater visits the Brand New U corporation after his girlfriend Nadia disappears. He is given a new identity and a new lifespace with the warning that he musn't take anything from his old life with him. He is however, obsessed with Nadia and is convinced he has found her in his new lifespace, with complicating and dangerous consequences.
This stylish and moody film brings up interesting issues around identity and the existence of a soul-mate and plays with ideas around parallel realities.
It can be confusing. As I left the cinema, I heard someone say she thought it was much more confusing than she had expected, but I found it less confusing than I had expected.
The soundtrack severely begs for Placebo's
track Every You and Every Me. Luckily I know that song pretty well and
could add it myself at the appropriate moments. Silently of course so as
not to disturb the rest of the audience.
Brand New U is showing as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival at 1550, 27 June at
You can read my other reviews from the film festival over on Crafty Green Poet by following these links
Under Milk Wood - the film (2015) - the new cinematic interpretation of Dylan Thomas' classic prose poem
Of Chickens and Camels - a review of Chicken (a wonderful coming of age film about a teenager with learning difficultie) and Nearby Sky (a documentary about the camel beauty contests in the Emirates).
Infini - disaster on an off-planet mine
La Tirisia - love and life in the cacti covered mountains of Mexico
When Elephants Fight - conflict minerals in Congo
Iron Ministry - a cinematic journey through China by rail
Index Zero - dystopian SF set in a future Fortress Europe
30 Days Wild goes to the cinema - how the landscape backdrops two films set in very different countries (Sand Dollars and The Gulls)
Disclaimer: I have a press pass for the film festival and attended free press screenings for these films.
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