7/10 (IMDB)

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

1h 51m Biography | Drama
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain


The extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public's perception of cats forever. Moving from the late 1800s through to the 1930s, we follow the incredible adventures of this inspiring, unsung hero, as he seeks to unlock the "electrical" mysteries of the world and, in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson (Claire Foy).


Will Sharpe


Sophia Di Martino, Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy


Not Rated




United Kingdom



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  • "Cumberbatch and Foy play beautifully together; the chemistry is palpable, and both performers know how to charm audiences without overselling the romance."
    - The Hollywood Reporter
  • "Unexpectedly charming and sweet despite the inevitable dark routes taken, the film is an affecting watch, and Olivia Colman's cheeky narration is an added treat."
    - Radio Times
  • "The weirdness that makes this film so engaging in the onset ends up being one of its detractors later on. Cat lovers will rejoice that finally a film celebrates cats without portraying them as human or with a song."
    - Galveston Daily News


  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Vancouver Int'l Film Festival
  • Woodstock Film Festival
  • Telluride Film Festival
  • Zurich Film Festival
  • Film Fest Gent