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Review – ‘Vivarium’


I’m not your fucking mother!” – Gemma

Social distancing in The Twilight Zone. There isn’t a better time to release Vivarium, a film about a young couple dying to find the perfect home. Soon after Gemma and Tom (played by Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg) visit house nr. 9 in what seems to be copy-pasted straight out of Tim Burton’s mind – painting-like identical clouds on the sky included – they find out they’re stuck in Yonder – “Your home. Forever.”. What follows is some sort of commentary on the hetero normative ways of living that comes back to bite us in the ass.

Lorcan Finnegan’s film (which he co-wrote with screenwriter Garret Shanley) doesn’t give our couple much to do, beside roaming the empty streets of suburban purgatory in a depressive state of mind, until a baby in a cardboard box gets…

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