Jhis impressionistic documentary takes us into the isolated world of William, stricken with a debilitating illness that forced him to retreat from the world to a barricaded cage in a cabin, deep in the Swedish desert. Once a musician and master’s student, a young man who approached life with curiosity and joy, he now suffers from a electromagnetic hypersensitivity – a reaction to the electronic radiation that surrounds us all in this age of digital connectivity. His head shrouded in protective fabrics, he cuts out a spectral figure that would be absurd if it weren’t so hopelessly sad.
Shot in part with a hand-cranked Bolex camera, to avoid further triggering William’s illness, the film’s visuals have a glitchy, floaty quality. Filmmaker Marie Lidén circumvents the medical science around this somewhat contested disease, instead taking a dreamy, creative and poetic approach to evoking William’s solitary existence.