Review: Emotional Motor Unit (22 Mins, 2016)

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Promoted from writer to author, Writer (Graham Cawte) has been requested by his company to stretch himself and write fiction, an upgrade from banal manuals and reports. His response: “As you know, my life experience is minimal, I may not be the best candidate for this job”.

To assist him with this, the company has an Emotional Motor Unit (Francesca Burgoyne) delivered to his monochrome home for 2 weeks. A programmed girl in a dress with violet eyes. Apparently, this will enable him to experience some feelings and emotions that he has no familiarity with. From behind his mask, Writer manages to become attached, until the tube of purple detachment pills are delivered. Will he take them and wipe out the most sensation he has ever experienced, or will he write the best work of his life?

Following Nelson’s 2015 feature film LITTLE PIECES, this is a clever film, written, directed and produced by Xènia Puiggros and Adam Nelson.  Depicting a perfect dystopian world, Puiggros has managed to depict a cold, disengaged, over-medicated society, obsessed by work with little regard for human relationships. Puiggros’ preparation for writing the script was reading lots of science fiction classics, like George Orwell’s 1984 and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. She says that inspired her to think about the universe in which the story would take place. “I wrote E.M.U before films like Her or Ex Machina came out, so my sources were movies like Blade Runner, as well as the sci-fi series The Twilight Zone”.



Praise to the art director Cristian Giordano, for Writer’s insipid home – from the gloominess of the bedroom to the building’s interiors. EMOTIONAL MOTOR UNIT has screened at a few festivals in the past year with Adam Nelson winning Best Director at the IndieWise Virtual Film Festival 2016.


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An Australian who has spent most of her adult life in Paris, Louise is a sometime photographer, documentary-maker, writer, researcher, day-dreamer and interviewer, who prefers to start the day at the local cinema’s 9am session.

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