The Hollywood Reporter
For a film looking to get its name out there for distro, there is nothing more important than screening in front of the people who can get that done. The Oregon-based film House of Last Things recently became one of just four US films to be selected to screen in front of 30 European distributors.
Directed by Michael Bartlett, House of Last Things will screen in June in Paris, being selected for the US in Progress division of the Inaugural Champs-Elysees Film Festival. The film is a mind-bending thriller set in Portland, Oregon, about an unspoken tragedy and its effects on a house, its temporary caretakers and the owners, a classical music critic and his wife on a recuperative trip to Italy.
Check out the trailer below, and for more up-to-the-moment info, visit the official House of Last Things Facebook page.
Alan (Randy Schulman) is a successful classical music critic, as reflected in his spacious Portland home. His wife, Sarah (Diane Dalton), is an obsessively grieving woman, struggling with an unspoken tragedy even after months of institutionalized therapy.
Upon Sarah’s release, Alan forces Sarah into a trip to Italy. He has already arranged for a house sitter in Kelly (Lindsey Haun), young and lonely for commitment and the better things in life. Kelly is quickly joined by her younger brother, Tim (RJ Mitte), and her trashy boyfriend, Jesse (Blake Berris). It’s not long before the trio find themselves drawn into a web of disturbing revelations. Jesse suddenly decides to kidnap eight-year-old Adam from the supermarket. But not all is what it seems with Adam. There is nothing of him in the news, and from the moment he arrives, he seems to radiate innocent control over the hapless occupants.
Sarah’s depression returns in Italy, and Alan suddenly reveals a horrible truth. But that truth about a boy and the freakish accident that claimed his life proves not to be nearly as disturbing as just who that boy was. Little Adam, clearly in control now as Kelly, Jesse and Tim find themselves caught in a netherworld between hallucination and reality. Kelly and Jesse are eerily unaware as they lose themselves to the house while Tim’s future is far less certain in a House of Last Things.
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