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Viv Fongenie's second feature, about an astronomy buff who becomes schizophrenic, is a textured and engaging look at mental illness

The desolate expanses of the universe are telescoped into one man's head in British director Viv Fongenie's second feature, as web designer and astronomy buff Ollie Kepler (the clue's in the name) slips into paranoid schizophrenia after the death of his girlfriend. Edward Hogg – skullcap hair and furious eyes, obsessing over heat death and cramming imaginary microchips into blocks of mature Scottish cheddar – is good as Kepler. But praise is also due to straight man Andrew Knott, selfless in the (in both senses) support role: Kepler's bewildered best friend, a window on the other side of the mental-illness experience. A textured and engaging look at a subject that often doesn't want to be looked at.

Rating: 3/5

Phil Hoad

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source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/feb/14/ollie-kepler-expanding-purple-review

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