After they relocate to California, successful married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) bump into Gordo (Joel Edgerton), an old classmate of Simon’s. This chance meeting soon makes way for an uncomfortable relationship, the maladroit Gordo showering the couple with unwanted gifts, until Simon brings an abrupt end to the friendship. When past secrets begin to emerge, however, things quickly turn from awkward to frightening.
Young Irish writer/director Gerard Barrett follows up his 2013 debut Pilgrim Hill with the equally as gritty Glassland, a film which makes the absolute most of its two excellent leads to present a powerful study of the devastating personal battles being fought behind myriad ordinary doors. Here, Barrett addresses the same themes of isolation, despair and parental relationships as in his first film, but shifts his focus from the empty expanses of rural Ireland to the claustrophobic confines of the nondescript working class back streets of Dublin.
In modern day Columbia, just as in the rest of the world, the gap between rich and poor grows ever wider, swallowing entire generations in the process. This is the bleak reality at the heart of Gente De Bien, the third feature from Colombian director Franco Lolli which, although nothing new, is a solid entry in the enduring stable of Latin American social cinema.