The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain

  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and Toby Jones
  • Will Sharpe
  • December 29th 2021
English artist Louis Wain rises to prominence at the end of the 19th century for his surreal cat paintings.

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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Verdict: Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy make a solid partnership in Will Sharpe's unexpected and quirky biographical drama

  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and Toby Jones
  • December 29th 2021
  • Will Sharpe

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the peculiar and awkward painter and cat lover Louis Wain this period comedy-drama.

Benedict Cumberbatch is showing off his range by playing two very different characters in quick succession – a mean cowboy in The Power of the Dog and an eccentric painter in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.

Will Sharpe’s biographical comedy-drama takes place between the 1880s and 1930s and depicts the highs and lows of Wain’s life.

It begins with the newspaper illustrator struggling to provide for his family – his mother and five sisters – following his father’s death.

He hires a governess named Emily Richardson (Claire Foy) to help look after and educate his sisters and falls madly in love with her, causing scandal as she is of a lower class.

Ignoring the whispers, Wain and Richardson get married. One day, they take in a stray kitten, an unusual pet in Victorian times, and call it Peter.

The feline becomes something of a muse to Wain and sparks his long-running passion for making paintings of...

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