Our house...is a ve-ry nutty house
I say sadly, because the concept is pretty interesting. A "small" film, it takes place in one house, where Ida and Irvin live their entire lives. Somehow, neither one works, yet they want for nothing, except to never ever leave the house again. They pretend to go to the opera, they celebrate holidays and they enjoy each other's company. Truthfully though, they aren't alone in the house, a fact that plays itself out over the rest of the movie.
For much of the first half of the film, it feels like the film is going someplace worth the trip, as a sense of oddness is established, and the story is seemingly coming together, forming a disturbing House of Yes/Flowers in the Attic feel. But all the work that went into creating this world goes to waste as the story falls into cliche after cliche, which isn't helped by the performances, which though not bad, are negatively magnified by the story's problems.
There's not a lot of story here, as the same themes are explored again and again, as mental problems (more than those displayed previously) start cropping up, and the two characters cope with the repercussions. It would be hard to do much more, considering the limitations of the cast size and setting, but an attempt would have made this a better movie.
The one place the film really succeeds is in making Ida a sympathetic character you can really get behind. As her efforts to gain a measure of control over her unusual home life fall apart in the face of some uninspired twists, you begin to actually care about her. But in the end, that doesn't mean much, since it's all thrown away with an ending that neither works nor comes at the right time, after several moments that probably should have been followed by credits, including one that's so bereft of logic and reason that it takes the film in a direction it really didn't need to go in, and is unable to recover from.
The sound is presented as a Dolby Digital 2.0 track that is clear and free of distortion. The music and dialogue is nicely delivered and maintains a good separation throughout the film.
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