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Neighbours From Hell
on 13 September 2010
John(Kristoffer Joner) is recovering from an acrimonious break up with his ex-girlfriend Ingrid(Anna Bache-Wiig). He sort of exists rather than lives in his apartment until one day his neighbour(Cecilie A. Mosli) asks him to come and do a favour for her next door. John reluctantly agrees. Then, the neighbour called Anne returns to ask another favour. Could John possibly come and sit with her sister Kim whilst she goes out for a few minutes. John makes the mistake of agreeing to help again as soon he finds himself sucked into a nightmare world where nothing is as it seems and the lines between fantasy and reality are blurred.
This excellent little psychological horror is a chilling treat, an example of sometimes less is more, as the claustrophobic interiors of the two apartments transform into very sinister, almost otherworldly places. There is of course a very important reason for this, but not one I shall reveal here.
The conversations between John, and the two sisters, if they are indeed sisters, are laced with barb wire, with every seemingly innocuous comment carrying a hidden threat. The distorted passages that take place in the second half of the film are made all the more frightening by the fact that John always seems one step ahead of the audience, with the camera almost afraid to follow him around the corner to reveal yet another atrocity. I think the viewer will share the cameras reticence.
The performances are uniformially excellent with Julia Schacht probably the standout as the unhinged Kim. The film itself is a real triumph and I would recommend it to everybody who enjoys slightly murky and intelligent psychological horrors. Highly recommended. 5 out of 5