A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses.

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Lorcan Finnegan

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Lorcan Finnegan (story by), Garret Shanley (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Imogen Poots ... Gemma
Danielle Ryan ... School Mom
Molly McCann ... Molly
Jesse Eisenberg ... Tom
Jonathan Aris ... Martin
Côme Thiry Côme Thiry ... Baby
Senan Jennings ... Young Boy
Éanna Hardwicke ... Older Boy (as Eanna Hardwicke)
Olga Wehrly ... Crying Woman
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Storyline

A young couple is thinking about buying their starter home. And to this end, they visit a real estate agency where they are received by a strange sales agent, who accompanies them to a new, mysterious, peculiar housing development to show them a single-family home. There they get trapped in a surreal, maze-like nightmare. Written by Sitges Film Festival

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You're Home. Forever See more »


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Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity. | See all certifications »

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Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg previously starred in The Art of Self-Defense. See more »

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When Gemma and Tom are trying to leave that strange neighborhood with the car, Gemma is looking at their both cellphones. None of it have phone network. But they could have use the GPS instead, to find out where they are, and find a possible way out. See more »

Quotes

Gemma: Did you see the boy?
Tom: No.
Gemma: He's gone missing.
Tom: Well, so have we.
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Remake of Foxes (2011) See more »

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Shanty Town
Written by Desmond Dekker
Performed by Desmond Dekker & The Aces
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company
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Like many works of art, you'll either get it, or not...
28 April 2020 | by MamaPapaXPSee all my reviews

There are many artworkss I have come across I don't understand, or that grate on my eyes and ears, but I could never say 'this is the worst I've ever come across, I want my money or time back.' I just acknowledge I don't understand it and move on. The rhetoric used in many reviews here (and on other titles here) is nothing short of churlish and immature. I hope people with more rational minds can ignore the cancel culture reviews, use better judgement as to whether this film is worth their time or money and give equally fair reviews.

That being said, I've given this a 7 (a 'good' but not 'great' in my personal estimation, your mileage may vary) and recommend this highly to lovers of noir fantasy/science fiction parables, or bleak social commentary framed in a Carrollian/Kafka-esque/David Lynch set-up. Many others, like me, may probably like, enjoy or appreciate it to varying degrees, but shouldn't 'hate' it.

The two leads (Eisenberg and Poots) are quite up to the demands their predicament puts on them, and show a varied range of emotions and states. The supporting child actor, however, gives me the willies! If that wasn't his normal voice I was hearing, his mannerisms, posture and acting were still scarily on-point. (If that was his voice, however, his career should skyrocket.) As a 'family' their dynamic is both an exaggerated mirror of modern unprepared families, as well as a starkly portrayed descent into madness.

Set design and overall production quality was obviously low-budget but very effective nonetheless. It perfectly evokes the subliminal nausea that modern suburbia often instills. You are asked to pay more attention to the tasteless food, the cookie cutter clouds and the pictures on the walls to better understand the complete lack of emotion or creativity of the antagonists, how completely different a species they are.

The script is the only thing I knock a point off for. While it didn't do anything 'wrong', per se, I can agree with some reviewers that maybe, just maybe, some kind of clarification, exposition or slightly less bleak ending would make it more palatable to a much wider audience, but then we would be as remiss as if we asked Picasso to paint the whole face, or Jackson Pollock to join some of the dots up and give us a clue... Sadly, therefore, the point lost is for my own (and others) lack of vision or understanding, not the Writer/Director's ability.


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Ireland | Belgium | Denmark | Canada

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English

Release Date:

27 March 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vivarium See more »

Filming Locations:

Liege, Belgium See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$434,030
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2.39 : 1
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