USA | 2018 | 82 Minutes | Dir. Patrick Cunningham
A deserted housing development post-market crash sets the stage for this unique horror/thriller based around “live-in staging”, where developers hire low-income families to decorate and maintain properties to attract potential buyers. For a Latina single mother and her imaginative young son, being allowed to live in a dream house rent free seems too good to be true. As the cruel summer rages on and the mother’s obsessive and unstable mental state emerges, so too does living the American Dream devolve into a waking nightmare.
An unusual mix of dark comedy, woman on the edge and a dash of Twin Peaks weirdness, director Patrick Cunningham’s fascinating debut uses a diverse cocktail of genres to tell a tragic singular vision that speaks to Hispanic American identity.