Freehold

An oily, amoral estate agent is preyed upon by one of his victims, who quietly moves into his flat and, unseen, begins a deliciously malicious campaign of revenge.

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  • ★★★½ review by Chris on Letterboxd

    An intriguing and somewhat surreal dark comedy which is pretty visually disgusting for much of its run time. It plays on revenge fantasy and it does help that the focus of the revenge is an estate agent, a profession which is not exactly universally respected. I wonder how it would have worked with a nurse or a doctor or something like that.

    Some of the visuals and camerawork are interesting but the focus is on the conceit and the unravelling of the story, and it's pretty well done. I liked the claustrophobic feel of it and the way the way the nauseating actions of the Spanish guy are shown, you really feel how repellent he seems at the start, and it mirrors the estate agent perfectly. Worth a watch.

  • ★★★½ review by deadlyrivers on Letterboxd

    Plays its hand too early, and the attempts at comedy sometimes undermine the nastiness, but this is, for the most part, a genuinely unsettling, unusual and creepy watch. Dominic Bridges is one to watch, he has great ideas, and a good eye for visuals and making the most of a small budget, so, despite the film's shortcomings, there is shitloads of potential here.

  • ★★★★ review by Nikolas on Letterboxd

    This movie was gross, and pointless, but it has a lot of charm and original ideas. Hidden gem.

  • ★★★½ review by WraithApe on Letterboxd

    Will particularly strike a chord with anyone who lives in a city where apartment living and over-priced leasehold property is the norm! Director Dominic Bridges really, really doesn't like estate agents! Mim Shaikh plays Hussein, a typically unscrupulous agent who lives in his city pad. Little does he suspect that when he goes to work, a stowaway comes out to play... imaginative set up and nicely executed single location film which is powered by two fine central performances - Shaikh manages to make his character likeable despite his failings and Javier Botet's wiry physicality as Orlan is something to behold. It could have been a much darker, more insidious movie like Sleep Tight, but Bridges plays it for laughs instead and that's no bad thing.

  • ★★★½ review by fasa96 on Letterboxd

    Living alone became way less appealing after watching this.

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