The film's original title, Two Pigeons, comes from the birds who are the only witnesses to what is going on. Unbeknownst to him, Orlan Javier Botet , a client he screwed over in the past, has moved into his house and begun a campaign of revenge. Freehold is also, for all its intimacy, a distinctly topical film, offering a perverse kind of wish fulfilment for anyone who has had to deal with the vagaries of the metropolitan housing crisis or the amoral venality of estate agents. Orlan angrily confronts Hussein about what happened to his girlfriend and child. Although he might dress sharp and smell sweet his own flat is a pig sty littered with take away boxes, used tissues and stinking laundry and this is probably the reason he has not noticed that he has a house guest. Whether this approach translates into entertainment or appreciation for the artistry depends on how many minutes one wishes to spend in the often uncomfortable presence of these two often awkward men.
It all feels longer than it should be, even at eighty minutes. Hussein gets sick and starts missing work. Mim Shaikh puts surprising charm into Hussein, almost to a point of dangerously teetering sympathies, painting the man as pitiable for being more obliviously average than outright despicable. It stars Javier Botet, Mandeep Dhillon and Michael McKell. It's hard to believe this is Bridges' first feature, such is the confidence and poise with which he has pulled it off.
Even so, Two Pigeons has enough nasty treats in store to at least warrant a look from genre fans. At first, Bridges' direction invites us to feel afraid for Orlan, alert to the fact that he might get caught. He has to carry the whole weight of the film and keep it interesting even when Hussein has no idea what's going on. Catch it if you can. He begins to dismantle the agent's life an sanity all in an attempt to exact revenge. Hussein does realize it though, leading to a conflict of pointed fingers between he and Mel over who is responsible for the oddities around the apartment.
When alone, Orlan recounts events leading up to his situation by imagining a conversation between two pigeons on the windowsill. In the past year, just over a third of house-hunters in London reported that they had lost the homes they tried to buy to last-minute offers. Orlan locks Hussein inside the freezer and formally takes over the flat. When girlfriend Mel Mandeep Dhillon moves in after a holiday, the two quickly begin to blame each other. He's got the patter, the cheeky chappie charm, oodles of confidence and some outrageous suits.
What begin as ridiculous practical jokes on the part of Hussein's secret flatmate progress to the disgusting and thence to the seriously malicious. Entertaining and insane credit must be given to Freeholds originality and attempt to deliver a more complex concept than the puerile punishments and crude comedy it contains however the final moments of the movie might make you wonder if Bridges has a softer spot for estate agents than he actually admits. Running time: 80 minutes Trivia: The film was originally known as Two Pigeons. Hussein spends more time sick at home as his place gradually becomes a mess. Hussein, who is not exactly romantic to begin with, tells himself it's not a big deal if things go wrong between them, but he's gradually losing his connections to the world.
Concealed in the walls is Orlan Javier Botet who comes out while Hussain is away or asleep surviving off his leftovers and eking out an existence from whatever he finds scattered around the unkempt apartment. All contents are provided by non-affiliated third parties. Hussein calls his mother from inside the freezer pleading for help. As it becomes apparent that his activities are escalating, the balance tips in the other direction and we begin to fear for Hussein. As Hussein begins to break down, physically and mentally, things which at first seemed trivial begin to take on a darker aspect. Whether this approach translates into entertainment or appreciation for the artistry depends on how many minutes one wishes to spend in the often uncomfortable presence of these two often awkward men. But Hussein also has a problem.
Do you get those moments when you can't find something and you're sure you left it in the usual place? Jerry comes over asking about the pictures and ends up firing Hussein. Hussein has a lot of such moments. The answer would be to move either character towards an extreme and head towards some true horror however this does not happen making for a muddled final act where we are left watching one man being psychologically and tangibly destroyed by another already on the edge of his own black hole of oblivion. But people still need places to live, and real estate agents know that there's a lot of money to be made. Accusatory tension between the couple grows so intense that they break up. While Hussein is out, Orlan lets the two pigeons into the apartment and they defecate all over the furniture.
Even when the plot pauses for Orlan to read a book, prep a meal, or otherwise illustrate banalities of his own itinerary, the movie moves on the personality of its cast. Starring , , , , and. He gets results - sometimes a dozen sales a day. Hussein Mim Shaikh is such an agent. The more ruthless those agents are, the better they do. Hussein finally discovers Orlan hiding under his bed.
To is not responsible for the accuracy, compliance, copyright, legality, decency, or any other aspect of the content of other linked sites. It's deliciously petty in places and also includes scenes of excruciating ickiness which even 's hardened horror fans winced at. With its commentary on the gap between the rich and poor in London society, and on the empathy gap which stems from it - helping to make Hussein blind to what's going on around him - Freehold reveals layer upon layer of exploitation. Orlan is going to get that revenge too, in a deviously unorthodox manner. Sick and twisted in a number of ways Bridges dark comedy begins as a well shot surreal and sinister story which diverts into a disgusting drama as the love birds are torn apart by mistrust and mind games all created by their secret tenant who has his own reasons for his unclean, unhinged and unrelenting actions. An angry client sneaks into the home of his former real estate agent.
Director Dominic Bridges and co-writer Rae Brunton strike a delicate balance between the comedic and the sinister. Hussein tries explaining that he was only doing his job. It moves a bit slow at first but builds momentum as it moves forward. Orlan continues clandestinely tormenting Hussein by leaving toenails under his pillow, throwing all of his toilet paper out the window, and putting silverware in the toilet before replacing it in the kitchen drawer. The ideas are there and Javier Botet does his best to pull us into his deranged world, but good luck fully comprehending why. Shaikh is superb in the central role, making Hussein self centred, arrogant and sometimes shockingly obnoxious but also gifting him with a kind of innocence that makes the audience stay with him even when he arguably deserves what he gets. Strutting about on the windowledge, they share conversations that add an additional poignancy to what we see.