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Vivarium (2019)

| Mystery, Sci-Fi | 2019 (USA)
A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses.

Director:

Lorcan Finnegan

Writers:

Lorcan Finnegan (story by), Garret Shanley (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Imogen Poots ... Gemma
Jesse Eisenberg ... Tom
Jonathan Aris ... Martin
Danielle Ryan ... Mom
Olga Wehrly ... Young Woman
Senan Jennings ... The Boy
Eanna Hardwicke ... The Boy
Molly McCann ... Molly - Mousey Girl
Shana Hart Shana Hart ... Woman
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A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses.

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Mystery | Sci-Fi

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USA

Language:

English

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2019 (USA) See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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A classic
1 August 2019 | by ShuggySee all my reviews

SF? Fantasy? A personable young househunting couple are abandoned by a creepy estate agent in one of a development of identically uninspiring empty houses. Though the sun shines and similar fluffy clouds dot the sky, it's strangely claustrophobic. Their basic needs are taken care of, but they are given an unexpected task that grows increasingly onerous. Their different reactions to this burden, and to each other's reactions, give the movie substance. The climax and resolution are splendid, but this is NOT a feel-good movie.

I think it's a classic (maybe not just a cult classic),. In his Q&A, writer/director Lorcan Finnegan referred to The Quiet Earth, Magritte, Escher and many more. Someone else has referred to The Truman Show, but to me the elephant in the room was Village of the Damned (based on, um, The Midwich Cuckoos). Yet its admixture of these themes keeps it from seeming derivative.


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