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Directed and written by Whit Stillman
The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan, and Barcelona were amongst the best of 90s independent cinema, if one had the stomach for incessant dissections of ego, academia, and capitalism. With more talking than action, director/writer Whit Stillman brought us complex comedies of manners that had to be intently listened to in order to distill satisfaction. Selfish and
Festival director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth announced that the closing-night film would be the Premieres entry “The Fundamentals of Caring,” a comedy about a caregiver and an 18-year-old suffering from muscular dystrophy; the film, which stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, is directed by Rob Burnett. Cooper also noted a beefed-up Special Events roster that includes a look at the origins of Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s “Anomalisa
Based on true events about the home foreclosure crisis, this movie will have your blood boiling and you gripping the arm rest in anger knowing people really were losing their homes left and right -- and given only minutes to vacate them.
"99 Homes" centers on a greedy, heat-packing real estate broker (Shannon) who makes money by evicting people from their foreclosed homes. He shows up with sheriff's deputies and a lock smith, and gives people two minutes to pack up all their worldly possessions and get out. Most people are stunned and still on the phone with their lawyers or their banks, trying to modify their home loans but to no avail. One of his evicted victims, Garfield's Dennis Nash, is jobless and so desperate that he goes to work for the man who evicted
Written by Ramin Bahrani & Amir Naderi
Directed by Ramin Bahrani
Great actors are a filmmaker’s best friend. Michael Shannon transforms the otherwise heavy-handed economic morality tale, 99 Homes, into something dynamic and alive. Director Ramin Bahrani often favors preaching over telling a compelling story, but it’s a worthwhile sermon as we continue to extricate ourselves from the Great Recession. Mostly, it’s just a pleasure to watch the force of nature that is Michael Shannon deconstruct the American Dream with terrifying precision.
Back in the day, Rick Carver (Shannon) was a legitimate real estate agent. He enjoyed, “Putting people in homes” and giving families hope for a bright future. The de-regulation and reverse-mortgages of the new millennium, however, transformed him into an evictions enforcer. The propulsive opening sequence finds Carver ruthlessly scheduling his next foreclosure, even as he looks upon the lifeless body of his latest “client,
The film, which played Tiff in 2014, sees Garfield as Dennis, a young father who, alongside his mother Lynn (Laura Dern), is evicted from their family home by greedy real estate broker Rick Carver (Michael Shannon). Eager to buy back their home, Dennis faces a moral dilemma; to earn the money he needs, he must work for Rick evicting people from their homes. A complicated relationship between Dennis and Rick ensues as his newfound mentor employs more than a few underhanded tricks to fleece the vulnerable for profit.
Directed by Ramin Bahrani (At Any Price), the film opens in select theatres on Friday. Cineplex sat down the Garfield, Shannon, and Dern to talk about 99 Homes. Watch our cast interview now, plus check out an in-depth conversation with Dern about the film
For more than a century, great artists, novelists and filmmakers have examined the question: What is the American Dream? Their stories of men and women rising from rags to riches, in means dignified and corrupt, have electrified audiences. The latest masterwork to explore that dream state (or the lack thereof) is Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, a masterfully acted and searing look at a fractious time of modern American history: the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, which left both rich and poor out of their homes. However, in a world of enormous disparity between the ultra-rich and the paycheck-to-paycheck poor, a better question would be: Where is the American Dream?
Well, it is certainly not in Florida, where 99 Homes is set, a state where the prosperity of gated communities meets the grind of small-town poverty. Bahrani’s drama opens on a
Fresh off the festival merry-go-round from Sundance to Sydney, Ramin Bahrani’s cyclical tale of abject desperation and affronting indifference during the Floridian Housing crisis is a powerfully direct and intense drama that will have you riveted from its opening sequence.
A metaphoric and literal tale of the one percenter’s feeding frenzy on the remaining 99 percent, 99 Homes points straight out of the gate that Us fortuity in 2010 has gone down the crapper and with, the livelihoods and homes of middle class America. Slouched in the corner on his bathroom toilet; a gunshot wound and blood splattered walls the only remnants of (what once was) life, this solitary figurehead of the dispossessed establishes the tone and panic of homeowners in the ensuing story and the apathetic cruelty of repo men like Rick Carver (Michael Shannon) who strike the blows and
Michael Shannon is just the man to represent the stone-cold face of capitalism as a property developer who cashes in on others' misfortunes, while Andrew Garfield is a young father who could go either way when offered the chance to sell his soul.
This would be box office poison were it not for these two fine performances, constructed in layers (before being stripped to their bare bones), so that neither man is wholly good, or evil. Shannon, however, has the tougher job to convey some sort of humanity as Rick Carver, after a brazen opening scene that finds him resolutely unmoved by the suicide of a man he was about to evict.
Carver acts on behalf of a bank that is foreclosing on mortgage
Sold by Wild Bunch, the pic which is both a social drama and a psychological thriller, will be released by Broad Green in the U.S. on Sept. 25. Wild Bunch is planning a digital release in France. Garfield stars a conflicted youth father who starts working for the real estate agent who evicted his family to reclaim his home.
“99 Homes,” which previously played at Venice, Telluride and Toronto, marks Bahrani’s sixth feature. Shannon told Variety that he will likely re-team with Bahrani for a TV series.
“The Grand Prize honors a powerful and important movie, grounded in the North American contemporary society which underscores the talent of its director, Ramin Bahrani,” stated Wild Bunch.
Rick Famuyiwa’s Sundance hit “Dope” won the audience award,
Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani and based on the true story of Rick Carver (played here by the mighty Michael Shannon), who does well for himself by serving eviction notices. On the flip-side, Garfield is single father Dennis Nash who initially is affected by Shannon’s dirty work but then is given the chance to earn back his family home by working for him.
It’s an impressively intense first trailer for the film that also stars Laura Dern, Noah Lomax, J.D. Evermore, Clancy Brown and Tim Guinee. There were positive reports from our folk at Tiff last year and to be honest, anything with Shannon in is going to have a certain brilliant level of darkness.
Written by Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi
Directed by Ramin Bahrani
Director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Goodbye Solo) constructs 99 Homes as a dismal assessment of desperation in hard economic times. Michael Shannon stars as ruthless, e-cigarette sucking realtor Rick Carver, who has used the carnage of the 2008 housing crisis to his advantage, helping the banks toss out homeowners who have defaulted on their bad mortgages. He carries a gun because of how personal and dangerous it can become. He is unabashedly invested in personal gain and his interests are always of the utmost importance. When he evicts Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) and his family, Nash comes after him, only to find that Carver sees potential in him to be as hard-working and ferocious as himself. With a pulsating score by Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales, 99 Homes frames an outstanding and
Written by Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi. Story by Ramin Bahrani and Bahareh Azimi
Directed by Ramin Bahrani
“America doesn’t bail out losers, America bails out winners!” preaches Richard Carver (Michael Shannon), like a modern day Gordon Gekko of real estate to the young, innocent but determined Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield). This is what the American dream is now. It’s not enough to work hard anymore, achieving the American dream is to win at all costs. Ramin Bahrani’s examination of the American dream and the corrupt nature of it follows Dennis Nash, a young father who with his son and mother (Laura Dern) are evicted from their family home. To get it all back, Dennis begins working for the man responsible for his troubles, greedy real estate broker Richard Carver. This is the American dream.
Bahrani paces the film with the mechanics of a well-oiled and precisely constructed thriller,
Same-day video-on-demand releases undermine theatrical sales, actor Michael Shannon told TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman on Saturday during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
“Then none of the theaters want to pick the movie up, because they’re like, ‘Why are we going to show your movie if you’re just going to let everybody watch it at home?'” Shannon said, citing a film he presented at the festival in 2014 as an example.
“I had a movie here last year that
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