The Ones Below

  • Title: The Ones Below
  • Director/Writer: David Farr
  • Producer: Nikki Parrot
  • Productio: Tigerlilly Films / Cuba Pictures
  • Distribution UK: Protagonist
  • Distribution USA: Magnolia Pictures
  • OfficialSelection: Toronto International Film Festival 2015
  • Official Selection: London International Film Festival 2015
  • Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival 2016
  • Starring: Clemence Poesy / Laura Birn / David Morrissey / Stephen Campbell Moore

Playwright and theatre director David Farr (who co-wrote Joe Wright’s Hanna and scripted TV’s The Night Manager) makes a solid fist of his big-screen debut as writer/director, generating some small-scale chills which are undiminished by the occasionally creaky dialogue. Cinematographer Ed Rutherford, who did such brilliant work for Joanna Hogg on Archipelago and Exhibition, uses woozy camera moves to capture the exhaustion and paranoia of parenthood, while the production design effectively counterposes order and chaos – inside and out, upstairs and down.

Mark Kermode, The Guardian*****

There is a delicious and elegant nastiness in this psychological suspense thriller from British writer-director David Farr, a stage director now making his feature film debut, having already written widely for cinema and television....It is a thoroughly gripping, horribly absorbing movie.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian*****

Capably delivering on its ominous title, “The Ones Below” is a masterfully calibrated psychological thriller that deviously plays off of anxieties surrounding contemporary notions of domesticity and identity.

Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times*****

The pacing remains taut throughout, the camera always finds time for color-conscious cinematography, the bright palette in Teresa and Jon's apartment creating a surreal, acrylic perfection, as opposed to the steely blues and greys upstairs, where Kate and Justin's marriage could use work. Like Rosemary's Baby by way of David Lynch, The Ones Below is a feast for the eyes and an adrenaline shot to the womb.

Lauren Terry, Willamette Week*****

This is writer-director David Farr’s feature debut, but he’s an experienced playwright and theatre director, and wrote the scripts for Joe Wright’s ‘Hanna’ as well as the BBC’s ‘The Night Manager’. You suspect he’s paid close attention to Polanski and Hitchcock: much of the film is set in one house, and terrific use is made of contained, often claustrophobic spaces.

Dave Calhoun, Time Out*****

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