A mind-bending thriller set in Portland, Oregon about an unspoken tragedy and its effects on a house, its temporary caretakers and the owners, a classical music critic and his wife on a recuperative trip to Italy.
When Sarah returns home in Oregon from a mental institution, her husband Alan, who is a critic of classical music, tells that they will travel to watch operas in Italy since he will write articles about them. Sarah does not want to travel but Alan introduces the hot Kelly to her telling that she will be the caretaker of the house. When they leave the house, the small-time criminal Jesse, who is Kelly's boyfriend, unexpectedly arrives at the house. Then Kelly's unintelligent brother Tim arrives to stay with his sister in the house. Kelly had a love affair with Alan and feels comfortable in the house. Meanwhile Jesse steals Alan's convertible to sell to a dealer but he sees the boy Adam alone in the supermarket and decides to bring him home to ransom him despite the protest of Kelly that seeks out his parents. Adam feels good in the house and soon they learn that the house is haunted but they surprisingly stay there. Meanwhile in Italy, secrets are disclosed about the past of Alan, ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Best know for his role as Walter White Jr. in 'Breaking Bad', 'House of Last Things' marks RJ Mitte's first role in a feature film. He drove from Los Angeles to the location in Portland, Oregon with his family and four pet dogs. See more »
(at around 1h 29 mins) You can see the thread across the phone that they used to make the golf ball roll off the dresser. See more »
What makes a good genre film for me is if the director and writer, in this case one and the same, can immerse me believably into a world I haven't walked before, enough in fact for me to turn off my cell phone. This movie is very seductive in that it doesn't play out within the tired cliché of a creepy old house and keeps you guessing throughout, building something like a narrative maze not unlike the famous Kubrick garden maze in The Shining. However, I don't think it's really fair or correct to compare this director with his obvious linage, Hitchcock, Lynch, DePalma, etc. as mentioned by so many other reviewers. This is a director with a mind of his own, quite willing to go his own way inside a genre that has been sabotaged over the years by too many under-schooled directors flooding the screen with blood and gore indiscriminately. This one surprised me. Much better than I expected.
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