Habitante incierto, El   2004   Spain The Uninvited Guest
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Director:Guillem Morales
Studio:Hbo Home Video
Writer:Guillem Morales
IMDb Rating:7.0 (1,056 votes)
Awards:1 win & 5 nominations
Genre:Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Duration:90 min
Languages:Spanish
IMDb:0436374
Amazon:B000FUTV50
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Guillem Morales  ...  (Director)
Guillem Morales  ...  (Writer)
 
Andoni Gracia  ...  Félix
Mónica López  ...  Claudia
Francesc Garrido  ...  Bruno
Agustí Villaronga  ...  Martín
Minnie Marx  ...  Sra. Mueller
Pablo Derqui  ...  Policía 1
Violeta Llueca  ...  Policía 2
Xavier Capdet  ...  Policía atestados
Pere Abelló  ...  Antonio
Fina Rius  ...  Alicia
Xènia Gausa  ...  Chica
Gemma Lozano  ...  Niña
Daniel Casadellà  ...  Niño
Rubèn Ametllé  ...  Diego
Abel Coll  ...  Chico mudanza
Marc Vaíllo  ...  Composer
Sergi Bartrolí  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: The problem with this movie is it could have been written better. The hyper-expository monologues Claudia dishes out were so unrealistic I laughed. It's a sign of a director in trouble when he has to give lines to a character that can't be delivered organically for the sake of the audience. Those plot-getting-in-the-way-of-the-story lines polluted an otherwise poetic, dream like, and metaphorical film. I would never call this film "Lynchy" ... which is just shorthand for "I don't get it but I liked it anyway ... I think. Didn't I? Did you?"

Hence, the sudden remake. El Habitante incierto was a brilliantly conceived film that could have been executed better so the director takes a mulligan. That's cool. I look forward to it and hope he does a better job explaining Vera's sudden muteness upon being shot in the plot hole we all saw coming like an eighteen wheeler.

OK. She was shot in the mouth/vocal chords and it just took a couple days without food or water to get her voice back at film's end.

I give the first half a 9, the second half a 5. Let's call it a 7 and anxiously await the do-over.

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Summary: AKA The Uncertain Guest

What if ... you let a stranger into your house to use your phone, but while you've been patiently waiting in the kitchen, he just disappears ... or does he? Félix, an architect who has just split up with his girl-friend and inhabits a huge mansion in Barcelona, finds out how many hiding places there really are in his house. But are there enough to hide another person, a strange parasite of living space? Or is Félix really going insane?


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