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Good Neighbors -- In the dead of winter, a serial killer is on the loose in Montreal. Three residents of a small apartment building retreat indoors, but learn they may not be any safer.
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Director:
Writers:
Jacob Tierney (written by)
Chrystine Brouillet (novel)
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Tagline:
You never know who's living right next door.
Plot:
Victor is new to Montreal and attempts to make friends with the wheelchair-bound Spencer and the cat-loving Louise, but everybody is on edge with a serial killer terrorizing the neighborhood. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
Jacob Tierney 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chrystine Brouillet  novel "Chère voisine"
Jacob Tierney  written by

Produced by
Kirk D'Amico .... executive producer
Joe Iacono .... executive producer
Kevin Tierney .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Guy Dufaux (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur Tarnowski 
 
Casting by
Rosina Bucci 
 
Production Design by
Anne Pritchard 
 
Art Direction by
Colombe Raby 
 
Set Decoration by
Frédérique Bolté 
 
Costume Design by
Francesca Chamberland 
 
Makeup Department
Corald Giroux .... hair department head
Kathy Kelso .... key makeup artist
Gaétan Landry .... hair department head
Gaétan Landry .... hair stylist
Colleen Quinton .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Michel Siry .... production manager
Pierre Thériault .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alix Croquet .... trainee assistant director
Arthur Tarnowski .... second unit director
Don Terry .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Pierre-Jules Audet .... supervising sound editor
Christophe Bertrand .... technical support
Gavin Fernandes .... sound re-recording mixer
Natalie Fleurant .... adr supervisor
Natalie Fleurant .... dialogue editor
Nicolas Gagnon .... foley artist
Claude Hazanavicius .... sound
Jörg Klaussner .... dubbing mixer
Gabrielle Labelle Joly .... technical support
Isabelle Lussier .... assistant re-recording mixer
Aileen Maquiraya .... audio post-conform
Thierry Morlaas-Lurbe .... sound
Good Neighbours .... assistant to re-recording mixer
Vincent Riendeau .... assistant re-recording mixer
Jean-Philippe St-Laurent .... dialogue editor assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Eve Brunet .... visual effects producer
Nathalie Cyr .... digital effects coordinator
Danny Duchesneau .... digital compositor
Lisa Funkel .... digital compositor
Jeremie Lodomez .... digital compositor
Viviane Lévesque Bouchard .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Tyler Hall .... stunt double: Scott Speedman
David McKeown .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Beaulieu .... best boy
Stephane Boisvert .... generator operator
Soupharak Keoborakoth .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Keith Kerr .... key grip
Rhyce Langker .... remote head technician
Patrice Lapointe .... dolly grip
Martine Leclerc .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Eric Lefèbvre .... electrician
Paul Viau .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Edith Bellehumeur .... assistant editor
Maxime Lahaie-Denis .... assistant editor
Marc Lussier .... digital intermediate colorist
Arthur Montreuil .... film color timer
 
Transportation Department
Stephanie Michaud .... office driver
 
Other crew
Jean-Philippe Collin .... stand-in
Vincent Colpron .... production coordinator
Stéphane Giroux .... unit manager assistant
Jean-Patrick Joseph .... special equipment supplier
Marie-Noëlle Legault .... assistant accountant
Gabrielle Mankiewicz .... production assistant
Benoît Mathieu .... location manager
Milena Popovic .... script supervisor
Joe Sisto .... production counsel
Justine Tourville-Blanchet .... set production assistant
 
Thanks
Diana Castle .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Good Neighbours" - Canada (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some strong violence, sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Runtime:
USA:99 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2011) | Canada:18A (Alberta/Ontario) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 | USA:R
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Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Spencer and Loise meets Victor for the first time, they all have a little chat. Right when Victor is ready to leave Spencer calls him Vince.See more »
Quotes:
Victor:[watching Spencer walk] Son of a bitch!See more »

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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Great quirky film noir a la Coen brothers, 28 July 2011

Article first published as Movie Review: Good Neighbors on Blogcritics. 'http://blogcritics.org/video/article/movie-review-good-neighbors/'

Take three freaky characters with tenuous grips on reality and stick them into an aging apartment building in a rundown neighborhood of Montreal and what do you have? Good Neighbors. You also have a film noir mystery which rivals anything the Coen brothers (Blood Simple, Fargo, No Country for Old Men) have ever done.

Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Jacob Tierney, Good Neighbors is based on the 1982 book, Chère Voisine, by Chyrstine Brouillet. Tierney first read the book when he was in high school, and decided to take it to his producer father, Kevin Tierney, with whom he had collaborated on the comedy The Trotsky.

"Jacob told me about this book a long time ago," recalled the elder Tierney, "and I said, Jacob, I really don't want to make a movie about a serial killer. And when we finished shooting on The Trotsky, I sent him a note saying, 'I'll produce any project that you want to make.' And he told me: 'this is the one.'" The producer overcame his initial reluctance upon reading the novel. "I actually found it way funnier and way more diabolical than just being a book about a serial killer. Don't get me wrong, it's still a pretty sick little tale – but there's great fun to it in a perverse way."

Good Neighbors stars Jay Baruchel, Scott Speedman, and Emily Hampshire. It also stars three cats, Mozart, Tia Maria and Balthazar who are instrumental in moving the story along.

At first, I was annoyed at not being able to figure out who the protagonist was, but I realized as the film progressed that writer- director Tierney was doing an excellent job of giving us three characters each of whom was strange enough to either be evil or something close to it. In no time, you are suspicious of all of them.

Emily Hampshire plays Louise, a waitress in a Chinese restaurant, whose fear about the possible presence of a serial murderer in the neighborhood comes to dominate her life and the lives of those around her. She has trouble relating to people, and is the creepiest cat lover in film history.

Louise communicates her fears to her neighbor, Spenser, a disabled housebound man played by Scott Speedman. Spenser's lean, swimmer's body seems out-of-place, trapped in a wheel chair on an upper floor of the apartment building. His personality flashes back and forth between a way too friendly smile and a barely controlled rage. But, after all, he lost his wife in an auto accident, or so he says.

A new neighbor, Victor, moves in – played to geeky perfection by Jay Baruchels. Victor is as socially inept as they come, but apparently good at heart. Of course, he does tell his brother that Louise is his fiancée, before he's told her she is.

As the violence escalates on the streets outside, the three of them bond – as much as their flawed psyches allow – in an effort to come to grips with the threat of the serial killer. But, the strangeness doesn't end with the lead characters. Co-workers, policemen and other neighbors all have their quirks, and you'll find yourself being suspicious of nearly everyone at some point, at least until they too become a victim.

The twists and turns come at you rapidly in the third act and I found myself hoping for just one more when things wound down. But that wasn't because I thought anything was missing, I just didn't want the mayhem to end. Good Neighbors - murder, betrayal, cats, a few laughs and lots of blood - is available now on demand. It will open theatrically in New York on July 29 and in Los Angeles on August 5. I'd see it in a theater – being trapped in a dark room full of strangers will add to your enjoyment.

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