Some films lend themselves to the constraints of indie films with their lower budgets, slower pace and generally more claustrophobic sensibility. You can’t create Transformers or Inception on a shoestring. Fortunately, LFO is one of the indie films where it all really works perfectly, offering up a dark, twisted and wry sci-fi parable for our times.
LFO tells the story of Robert (Patrik Karlson), a reclusive and troubled sound engineer who creates a hypnotic sound wave that instantly puts people into a passive, hyper-suggestive state when heard. But Robert is a twisted and bitter guy who has “sound allergies” to certain kinds of music — at one point he destroys their stereo because his wife Clara (Ahnna Rasch) is listening to meditative yoga music — and his thoughts turn immediately to manipulation when he realizes what he’s invented.
The primary victims are his guileless neighbors Linn (Izabelle Jo Tschig) and Simon (Per Lofberg) who are programmed in increasingly bizarre, and often amusing, ways. Unsurprisingly, Robert begins by convincing Linn that she is desperate to have sex with him, just to be surprised when she then says just that and they end up in the bedroom, naked.