OUTPUT FILM Presented at la semaine de la Critique at the last Cannes film Festival, the scary movie Vivarium (this Wednesday, march 11, on the screens), the young director irish Lorcan Finnegan, tells the story of a young couple who is living a nightmare awake after having visited a new house in a subdivision suburban he can no longer get out.
In a small irish town, a young couple –Emma, a schoolteacher (Imogen Poots), and Tom, gardener (Jesse Eisenberg) looking for a house to buy and makes in a real estate agency. There they were greeted by Martin at the air a little strange –in their place we would have turned the heels and it would be gone in current, but not them…
Green houses all identical
With Martin, Emma and Tom surrendered in car in a huge real estate project, with hundreds of new homes, green, all identical, lined up. They visit the number-9, with the interior fully furnished, child’s room and small garden covered with a synthetic turf.
Prisoners in the subdivision
But Martin disappears. Emma and Tom return to their car and are trying to get out of the subdivision, but get lost, go in circles, not being able to find the exit of the labyrinth and find themselves inevitably in front of the house number-9. They do not have a network on their mobile phones, no gas in their car, the night falls, the streets and houses are empty, only the number-9 is turned on. They resolve to spend the night there, in absolute silence.
The next day, they decided to leave on foot following the sun. But what a sun, what clouds look artificial in this sky too blue to be true?…
This film is a disturbing and original, which broadcasts a distress singular. This starts in an atmosphere of daily life realistic to quickly turn into a nightmare of science-fiction, in a universe of new, clean, desert. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the film The Truman Show (but not person), or to series The Prisoner, The Fourth dimension or Black Mirror.
“I wanted the environment of the subdivision has a side surreal. As if you lived in the dream that we sold you, only to find that it is in fact a nightmare. The environment had to be real but, in some manner, artificial”, says Lorcan Finnegan, 40 years, of which this is the second long feature after Without Name in 2016.
By placing a young couple who is trying to respond with logic in a setting that is not the case, the director, who describes his film “tale is at once surreal and twisted, dark, ironically funny, sad, and scary”, denounces the current time and the mode of life in which there is uniformity, where nature has been razed to make room for subdivisions without soul, where the owners spend their lives repaying their loan, where neighbours do not know each other, where children spend their time on digital tools without contact with their parents: “We wanted to show how this kind of life is strange and scary with a young couple full of hope. It is an exaggerated nightmare of what already exists”.
Hell own and nine
Imogen Poots (as revealed in the 2007 horror film and science fiction 28 weeks later) and Jesse Eisenberg (who plays the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, David Fincher, and has played in Café Society Woody Allen) interpret this young couple prisoner, distraught, angry, isolated –but that’s not going to stay alone in his hell own and nine, as shown in the trailer, a little spoiler…