Vivarium

A young woman and her fiancé are in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple finds themselves trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an otherworldly child.

Directed by: Lorcan Finnegan Jonathan Shaw Silvia Bellitto
Genres: Thriller, Science Fiction, Horror,
Production Company: Fantastic Films, Frakas Productions, PingPongFilm, Lovely Productions, XYZ Films,

Vivarium - You're home. Forever. - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 12-07-2019
  • Runtime: 97 Minutes
  • Popularity: 29.53
  • Vote Count: 470
  • IMDB Rating: 5.9
  • Budget: USD 4,000,000
  • Revenue: USD 0
  • Region: Belgium ( BE ), Denmark ( DK ), Ireland ( IE ),
  • Homepage: N/A






Photo Name Character
Imogen Poots - Azwaad Movie Database Imogen Poots Gemma
Jesse Eisenberg - Azwaad Movie Database Jesse Eisenberg Tom
Eanna Hardwicke - Azwaad Movie Database Eanna Hardwicke The Boy
Jonathan Aris - Azwaad Movie Database Jonathan Aris Martin
Senan Jennings - Azwaad Movie Database Senan Jennings The Boy
Molly McCann - Azwaad Movie Database Molly McCann Molly - Mousey Girl
Danielle Ryan - Azwaad Movie Database Danielle Ryan Mom
Olga Wehrly - Azwaad Movie Database Olga Wehrly Young Woman
Jack Hudson - Azwaad Movie Database Jack Hudson Estate Agent (uncredited)
Michael McGeown - Azwaad Movie Database Michael McGeown Factory worker (uncredited)
Photo Name Department
Kristian Eidnes Andersen-Sound Kristian Eidnes Andersen Sound (Supervising Sound Editor)
Kristian Eidnes Andersen-Sound Kristian Eidnes Andersen Sound (Music)
Patrick Ghislain-Sound Patrick Ghislain Sound (Foley Mixer)
Tony Cranstoun-Editing Tony Cranstoun Editing (Editor)
Brendan McCarthy-Production Brendan McCarthy Production (Producer)
Niamh O'Loan-Costume & Make-Up Niamh O'Loan Costume & Make-Up (Makeup Designer)
John McDonnell-Production John McDonnell Production (Producer)
Catherine Marchand-Costume & Make-Up Catherine Marchand Costume & Make-Up (Costume Design)
Colin Jones-Production Colin Jones Production (Casting)
Philip Murphy-Art Philip Murphy Art (Production Design)

See Full Cast & Crew of Vivarium


SWITCH.

‘Vivavirum’ slots in neatly next to Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe’s ‘Greener Grass’ and Richard Stanley’s ‘Color Out of Space’ to form a loose trilogy of deeply surrealist releases in 2019 that skewer our perceptions of suburbia and the family unit. Director Lorcan Finnegan has brought to life a disturbing, thoughtful and bleakly funny mutant of a movie. - Jake Watt Read Jake's full article... https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-vivarium-what-makes-a-house-a-horrific-home

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actionace

Pretty pointless movie. Signed up to review because I couldn't believe the rating this received. Yes, you get a weird realtor and a creepy kid but other than that you just watch the couple basically repeat each day hating being stuck. You're not going to learn anything more about the weird freaks or why they're doing what they're doing and will end up feeling like you just wasted your time. Yeah, I get it's supposed to be satire but pass.

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jackcarlin18

> **_Review on Horror Focus_** This indie sci-fi thriller Vivarium from Irish filmmaker Lorcan Finnegan is many things, one definitely being quite the head-scratcher. Not because of it being an intellectually challenging story, or one that is laced with twists and turns to create an unpredictable viewing, but a film that delivers a narratives so peculiar that it is like something you've never seen before. Take this with a pinch of salt, as there's certainly aspects which don't make the landing of such an ambitious plot, but let it also be known that Vivarium contains some impressions visual and narrative storytelling, enough to forgive some of the mid-act waffle that cripples the films momentum. Finnegan gets the ball rolling with power, keeping the story taught enough that we are thrown straight into the mystery early doors. This works extremely well as the tension begins to bubble within the first ten minute mark. The performances here from our main cast member already begin to show their brilliance, especially Jonathon Aris who sets a chilling foreshadowing tone with his appropriately eerie character Martin. The small (yet effective) amount of screen time we have with Martin is enough to set the tone, and we, like Tom and Gemma are forced to endure something that is so ominously intense that it leaves a lingering sense of dread. Unfortunately, this soon begins to simmer once Finnegan establishes the plot in its whole, and realisation settles on the simple fact that, after the 30 minute mark, there really isn't much else for the story to go. Yes the labyrinth maze of suburbia is strangely terrifying, and the strenuous repetition is effective, but after 15 minutes of having the child introduced, Vivarium begins to fall flat, and grow increasingly more stale up until after the sixty minutes in. The fantastic Poots and Eisenberg, and the deadpan humour do prevent this film from becoming a little too one-note, but this doesn't exuse more than a few scenes that will be a task to sit through, even in these current homebound world we are living in. There is a glimmer of brilliance in Finnegan's choice of release here, as what our main couple are enduring is poetically reflective of the life we are living in this mad pandemic virus. I found myself identifying with the irritated attitude our characters develop, and sympathised with them when their child (the boy) was well deserving of a slap. Vivarium is intelligently relative right now, and can definitely be perceived as as Finnegan holding a mirror up to the idealistic yet treacherous concept of what makes the perfect home, and the urge to be the perfect family. In fact, there's so much underlying aspects of Vivarium that are so incredibly reflective of the inevitable repetition that comes once a spunky couple are weighed down by family life, securing their "ideal" home and tolerating each others impurities under the same roof constantly. Finnegan exposes the dangers of the nuclear family here, and forces us to endure it too, warts and all. We even get those little moments in which Tom consistently chips away, digging a whole, not to be talked to, helped or interrupted by Gemma, who becomes a slave to ensuring nothing but contentment for their boy. This moment is humourous with a dark sting, and will be reflective of reality to many, but to those inside Vivarium is nothing but a nightmarish loop. This distorted utopia Finnegan creates is what's most effective, orchestrated by a Burton-esque palette that is as gorgeous as it is hauntingly off-kilter. The early 80's, Romero's Day of the Dead-like synth is undeniably effective, and carries the tension through to the final act, which although doesn't hit a payoff point that excuses the slow middle act, does add to the bankers reality Finnegan has crafted, and highlights the eeriness established from the beginning. While Vivarium does lose a tone of momentum when it hits the mid-way point, by the time it reaches its end, I can't shake the distinct feeling of unease I had to endure for over eighty minutes, and I can't deny that a film like this was an experience I have quite been exposed to before. I have been feeling really under the weather these past few days, and let's just say this only made me feel worse. Great job, I guess? VERDICT Vivarium is a simplistically disturbing suburban nightmare with a captivating story and little room for growth. Enduring its drab middle act may prove tricky, but once Finnegan blows the dust of the eerie intensity established from the beginning, you'll find there is much to be desired with this unsettling little indie-sci-fi thriller.

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