The Ones Below

The Ones Below

David Farr (2015)

82min
15 Certificate
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Review

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With music that places us instantly, and somewhat crudely, in Rosemary's Baby terrain, writer and theatre director David Farr's screen debut explores pregnancy-related paranoia. Clémence Poésy and Stephen Campbell Moore play soon-to-be parents who are intrigued when a more ostentatious expectant couple (Laura Birn and David Morrissey) move in downstairs. It's fertile territory, with the jealousy, judgement, competitiveness and anxiety that can plague pregnancy covered, and there are uncomfortable truths at its heart, with a dinner-table scene that bristles with passive-aggressive menace. Unfortunately, Farr's handling of the themes is desperately unsubtle, the relationship between the central couple is frustratingly underdeveloped, and the film's melodramatic tendencies are at odds with its ice-cool visuals. Birn is creepy and Poésy sympathetic, but both are compromised by the erratic material. Morrissey is brooding but underused and a similarly poorly employed Campbell Moore descends into cringing theatrics just as he's required to come into his own. The Ones Below takes a sledgehammer to a delicate subject, offering neither chills nor insight.

Summary

A pregnant woman fears she is not cut out for motherhood, but is fixated by the confidence of her new neighbour, who is also expecting her first child. The two women and their partners have dinner together, but the night reveals that one couple are not all they seem - and following a tragic accident, all of them are drawn into a terrifying sequence of events. Thriller, starring Clemence Poesy and David Morrissey.

Cast & Crew

Kate Clémence Poésy
Jon David Morrissey
Justin Stephen Campbell Moore
Theresa Laura Birn
Tessa Deborah Findlay
Doctor Tuyen Do
Mark Jonathan Harden
Phil Christos Lawton
Tom Sam Pamphilon
Sonographer Sarah Malin
Director David Farr
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Swearing, a sex scene, nudity. Available on: DVDReleased on: 11 Mar 2016
Drama