What would you do you were allergic to everything? If simply going outside meant you would most likely die from exposure to the world around you?
A simple, emotional teenage film starring Nick Robinson and Amandla Stenberg as neighbours explore these questions in a stylish and clinical matter.
Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is stuck inside her house with a rare disease which affects her immune system so badly that nearly anything can kill her. She is forced to live her life inside her house, with only her mother, and the occasional visits of a nurse. When the cute Olly (Nick Robinson) moves in next door, Maddy’s desire to explore the outside world grows. Olly and Maddy form a bond through text messages and emails, but she knows, and he knows, that they can never meet.
The story unfolds as the two make daring plans, and Maddy discovers more about her rare disease. The filmmaking in this feature is stylised and slick. The production design is just how you’d expect it to be for a home which someone is effectively a prison of, but in it’s own way is beautiful and welcoming. The camera work throughout reflects this style, and remains intimate in the moments between Maddy and Olly.
Subtitles are used throughout the film to display text messages between the two, as well as their inner thoughts occasionally, allowing the viewer to read between the lines in the dialogue. Another successful technique used in the film is placing the two actors together in a scene, having them say the lines which their characters are texting. The filmmakers stage these sequences in the architectural models made by Maddy in her isolation.
Based on the book of the same name by Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything is a touching tale of a young girl’s dreams and imagination, and the power of a mother’s protective instincts.
Everything, Everything is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Roadshow Entertainment and is currently streaming on Netflix.