Oh, I liked this film. Wrong - Dont waste your time its disturbing and not in a good way! Hussein finally discovers Orlan hiding under his bed. Hussein spends more time sick at home as his place gradually becomes a mess. How do you keep the viewers interested or a suspense, with characters you may not sympathize or agree with? It was entirely believable, and this only made the movie that much more entertaining. I've never stopped watching a film before because I like to see the whole thing before judgement but I did come very close to giving up on this. Running time: 80 minutes Trivia: The film was originally known as Two Pigeons.
As is, the social drama feels a bit ham-fisted. Whether this approach translates into entertainment or appreciation for the artistry depends on how many minutes one wishes to spend in the often uncomfortable presence of these two often awkward men. I wasn't sure what I was expecting but I didn't find the film at all interesting. Hussein gets sick and starts missing work. Hussein does realize it though, leading to a conflict of pointed fingers between he and Mel over who is responsible for the oddities around the apartment.
He was so weird, shockingly skinny, and delightfully disturbing. Orlan locks Hussein inside the freezer and formally takes over the flat. This has a couple of flaws and arguably a lead character who does not seem to sympathetic for most. Jerry comes over asking about the pictures and ends up firing Hussein. Accusatory tension between the couple grows so intense that they break up. It's less than an hour and thirty minutes, and things get right into the action fairly quickly.
This movie reminded me a bit of Bin-Jip 3-iron by Kim Ki Duk. Freehold is also, for all its intimacy, a distinctly topical film, offering a perverse kind of wish fulfilment for anyone who has had to deal with the vagaries of the metropolitan housing crisis or the amoral venality of estate agents. You couldn't help but watch in disgust at some of the stuff he was getting away with. Really awful stuff, disgusting to a degree some may feel sick watching. Two Pigeons starts off like any urban comedy, but casually veers into such nasty and disturbing territory, it was almost like watching two or three movies, mashed into one. Yet the runtime continues rolling forward with more of the same, thinning the theme by overreaching to stretch the story.
. Orlan continues clandestinely tormenting Hussein by leaving toenails under his pillow, throwing all of his toilet paper out the window, and putting silverware in the toilet before replacing it in the kitchen drawer. It was horrible, but hilarious. It all feels longer than it should be, even at eighty minutes. But therein lies the challenge. Whether this approach translates into entertainment or appreciation for the artistry depends on how many minutes one wishes to spend in the often uncomfortable presence of these two often awkward men.
I did not find a single weak link. Overall, this movie has a great premise, yet the film does not overstay its welcome. A cruel shadow room ''mate'',makes life a living hell for the flat owner. Everyone put their absolute all into this movie, and it was literally like watching the daily lives of people you somehow know and like. The ideas are there and Javier Botet does his best to pull us into his deranged world, but good luck fully comprehending why. Mim Shaikh puts surprising charm into Hussein, almost to a point of dangerously teetering sympathies, painting the man as pitiable for being more obliviously average than outright despicable. Writer Rae Bunton appears to be exorcising demons with a relatable revenge fantasy where a downtrodden working man with nothing left to lose takes the huckster who brought him to the bottom right down there with him.
After finding all of his faucets running and then briefly inspecting the flat suspiciously, Hussein has a locksmith secure the door. It's a quick, yet entertaining watch, that will not be easily forgotten. Outside of unscrupulous behavior when wheeling and dealing properties for the biggest paydays possible, Hussein is only a mild mannered lout. Creepy, weird, boring, tedious, banal , pathetic, filthy , disgusting, repellent all describe this movie and more so no doubt you will now want to watch it just to see if it is that bad right? This movie, however, is the new metric by which I rate how successful the movies in the genre are. The one problem I had with the film is how unperceptive Hussein is.
When alone, Orlan recounts events leading up to his situation by imagining a conversation between two pigeons on the windowsill. Even when the plot pauses for Orlan to read a book, prep a meal, or otherwise illustrate banalities of his own itinerary, the movie moves on the personality of its cast. Not sure why they changed the title, but I think both work fine. Still has something to tell. But frustrations boiling on both sides might elevate that inevitability to life or death stakes. The actors are talented and believable, and I found myself really growing attached to their stories. With such a small cast, it was imperative that they all had obvious chemistry, and worked well as an ensemble.
Orlan is going to get that revenge too, in a deviously unorthodox manner. Hussein jokingly tells his drug dealer Sunny that he may have a ghost. Hussein tries explaining that he was only doing his job. I gagged a few times. Even so, Two Pigeons has enough nasty treats in store to at least warrant a look from genre fans.