Laura B., Julie M. · Published on 23 June 2020 at 19h33
· Updated on 23 June 2020 at 20h50
Second feature film directed by Irish Lorcan Finnegan, “Vivarium” was first officially out on March 11, and on demand on May 20, 2020, yet it is back in movie theaters since June 22, 2020 in France. In this science-fiction movie, the director has decided to talk about ownership with actors Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots.
Following “Without Name”, a fantastic movie that is wrapped but still not released yet (it has only be showed at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016), Irish director Lorcan Finnegan first released his second feature film, “Vivarium”, out on March 11, and on demand on May 20, 2020 in France. Yet, "Vivarium" is out again in movie theaters from June 22, 2020 for their reopening.
Even though it’s been shot after “Without Name”, “Vivarium” actually is Finnegan’s first movie to be released.
“Vivarium” is a science-fiction thriller staging a couple aspiring to reach ownership and played by Jesse Eisenberg (The Village by M. Night Shyamalan, Zombieland, The Social Network by David Fincher, Now you See Me by Louis Leterrier, Café Society by Woody Allen, Batman V Superman by Zack Snyder and even Justice League by the same director) and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, Green Room…).
“Vivarium” was shown during the International Critics’ Week at the latest Cannes Film Festival (it also won the Fondation GAN award), but also got the Grand Prix Nouveau Genre during the latest edition of the L’Etrange Festival. It’s currently competing at the Gérardmer International Fantastic Film Festival.
Looking for their very first house, a young couple – Tom (Eisenberg) and Gemma (Poots) – visit one along with a mysterious realtor and end up trapped in a strange lot.
Even though Vivarium is no horror movie, it's quite scary. First with the realy estate agent played by Jonathan Aris who, with side-parted hair, his strict and deadpan look, makes us feel ill at ease and seems to have something to hide. But it's actually the situation that lives the couple: they are trapped in a suburb that seems to expand as far as the eye can see and totally lost. A sensation the director chose to show on the screen with overlaying pictures and the characters' lines. Tom (Eisenberg) and Gemma (Poots) are stuck in what seems a parallel world, like animals in a big cage where they have to survive and raise an odd child that grows up very quickly. Madness is lurking. And with these pictures in front of us, we can't help but feel compassion and wonder what's going on and why, and what we would to if we were them. Questions you'll have to find the answers yourself.
If the middle of the movie lacks some rhythm, Vivarium gets better.
And yet, using ska song "A Message to you Rudy" by The Specials helps us relaxing a bit several times.