A female heroine addict explores her life trying to find a moment of when she was happy as a young and innocent girl. She finds refuge in her passion and obsession with lithium and goes as far as to inject the liquid form of the metal into herself in an attempt to help find her former innocence and possibly save herself.
Sergio Blasco has definitely matured as a director by going from a backyard splatter flick like "Burrp!” which I recommend by the way, to "Litio". While a bit typical in the drama department about a person dealing with their drug addiction, it's how Sergio handles the material that helps make it more of a worthwhile film rather than being just another movie about drugs.
For the actual story and character; Sergio shows the ugly and unattractive side of drugs instead of glamorizing it. He also uses the opportunity given by the subject material to be creative with the visuals, taking us on the nightmarish journey that protagonist of the movie is exploring as well. Because of that, the movie focuses on the imagery to help tell the story so it tends to be a little more open as to what's going on and what it means. A majority of it works quite well and Sergio does an excellent job in terms of executing some of the ideas and general aesthetics. Though some of the imagery such as the naked woman with plastic around her head or the man in the gas mask. Doesn't work as well and doesn't really seem to help push the message of the movie. It still works and relates to the idea and the point of the movie but it's one of those things that if you were to remove the scenes and ask the question, "Does the movie still work without them?" In this case, yes, as they didn't really have much of impact on anything.
"Litio" isn't a great movie but for what it sets out to do, it does it well enough. I wouldn't call it a shallow movie, but it felt like it could have gone deeper and explored more with it's subject and character. There's just enough there to keep you from not caring, but falls just short of making you feel anything for the main character. The strongest aspect of the story is the self-exploration and the character retreating within in attempt to find an answer and to help save herself. It felt like something you don't see very often with the subject of drugs, or at least not done in a surreal manner.
It has to be said, Sergio has definitely matured as a director in terms of story telling and style. While some of the imagery isn't as strong as others, or at times isn't actually needed, "Litio" still has an undeniable quality to it. Even in the moments when the movie isn't going through its drug induced surrealism, it still looks great in terms of cinematography. Overall I'd recommend it to those who enjoy experimental cinema; it's a good movie in general but given its style, that's where "Litio" will find most of its fan base with.