Jan. 24, 2013 - Issue #901: Children can’t choose
House follows seven teenage girls with seven smurfy names as they retire to the countryside for summer vacation and wind up staying with a wheelchair-bound spinster. Before the girls arrive, the sky is always glowing warm and soft like some hazy dream, perhaps built on crude memories of Technicolor musicals. Once they're installed in the titular dwelling, the world turns crepuscular and shadowy, and malice becomes boundless. Futons and pianos eat people. Cats' eyes shimmer as though sending cryptic signals from the abyss. Heads emerge from wells and bite asses. Everything is deadly, yet these girls just wanna have fun. It's a realm of trap doors and illusion, of cornball effects executed with verve, of preposterous panty-clad derring-do, of music and morbid delight, a realm where every childish suspicion about adults is wholly confirmed, and then some. Tanoshinde!
Metro Cinema at the Garneau
Opens Fri, Jan 25 (11:15 pm); Fri, Jan 25 (11:15 pm); Mon, Jan 28 (7 pm)
Directed by: Nobuhiko Obayashi
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