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99 HOMES

Director: RAMIN BAHRANI

112 minutes, U.S.A., 2014, Digital.


This film was released on Friday 2nd October 2015 and is no longer screening. 

Rick Carver (the brilliant Michael Shannon) is the court appointed real-estate agent for repossessed Orlando homes. Backed-up by armed forces from the Sheriff’s department, he supervises evictions with implacable detachment. Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield), is a construction worker with a young son and dependent mother (Laura Dern) who, as the film begins, finds himself forcibly removed from his family home. A twist of fate, however, sees Nash enter into a Faustian pact with Carver, as he too finds that his humanity comes with a price tag.

Director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Goodbye Solo) has form with championing the underdog, but with 99 Homes his empathy has turned to outrage towards an unjust system that allows the poorest of American society to suffer most. 99 Homes, whose title references the 99/1 per cent divide, is an angry state of the nation address. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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