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House of Last Things (2013)

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.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Lindsey Haun ... Kelly
Blake Berris ... Jesse
RJ Mitte ... Tim
Randy Schulman ... Alan
Diane Dalton ... Sarah
Micah Nelson ... Adam
Michele Mariana Michele Mariana ... Rose
Moreen Littrell ... Realtor
Brandon Smith Brandon Smith ... 1940's AAF Pilot Golfer
Tim Whitcomb ... 1940's Golfer
Broderick Boyd Broderick Boyd ... Restaurant Patron
Susan Funk Susan Funk ... Italian Waitress
Sean Goodearl Sean Goodearl ... Waiter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bartlett Michael Bartlett ... Surveyor
Cole Wagoner Cole Wagoner ... Restaurant Patron
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Storyline

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 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 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, Sarah and Adam and why ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Pick up the key... unlock the past


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2013 (Ukraine) See more »

Also Known As:

Geçmişin Anahtarı See more »

Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA See more »

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Cloudcover Films See more »
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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 »

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(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 »

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16 December 2014 | by hortonstripSee all my reviews

Not sure how i came across this particular film, whether it was recommended by a friend or found on an IMDb list, but I would like to point out that i am NOT a friend or family member of the film maker, and just spent nearly two hours watching a great film, quite by chance.

Then i came here and read all these terrible reviews, probably from people that think that Die Hard is the pinnacle of intelligent film making. Calling it Lynchian would be unfair to the film maker - only David Lynch is allowed to be Lynchian, anyone else getting that description is usually a pile of crap! Having said that there were definite Lynch moments, although more often than not it reminded me very much of Luis Buñuel more than anyone.

The main thing i found interesting about this was the editing and the way it wafted in between characters / scenarios / continents with the help of a little light classical. These tricks have occasionally been done before, but like i said, not so much since the days of surrealism. They were certainly refreshing for a modern flick, and were effective and occasionally disturbing.

To all the people who talked this interesting film down - there is more than one way to tell a story, it doesn't always have to be literal, and i guess that you're perhaps too stupid to appreciate something more impressionistic? Good luck with the next intallment of Harry Potter.

And thanks to the film maker, can't wait for your next one, or the one after - am fairly sure you have at least one masterpiece in you, maybe more.


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