Drama | 20mins | English (USA) | 2009
“Set amidst the as-yet-unopened boxes and the hopes for a fresh start of two men on what might just be the worst moving day ever, their new apartment reveals its terrifying history in a film that is by turns funny, frightening, and unexpectedly romantic.”
Directed by: Joachim Back | Written by: Anders Thomas Jensen & David Rakoff
Starring: Vincent D’Onofrio, Kevin Corrigan, Liane Balaban, Jamie Harrold, David Rakoff & Helen Hanft
The New Tenants is a powerful short which relies on the delivery of dialogue and subtleties of body movements to create suspense and intrigue around a series of “visitors” to a couple’s new apartment. It’s very much a short about relationships and power dynamics. Thankfully the performances and skills of the actors make even the surrealist of moments believable (if we ignore the ending; I’m not sure about that!). There are some shocking moments and though some of them leave questions in your mind, for a short, they work wonderfully.
Things I Liked: 1 - The performances 2 - The shocks 3 - The inter-connectedness 4 - The focus on relationships Things I Didn't Like: 1 - The ending