Private Property (Terror Island) (Island of the Damned) (2013)



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A woman living alone on an island must fight for her life in the directorial debut of filmmaker Elizabeth Dimon. Although reluctant to do so, island recluse Tess (Mirjana Jokovic) offers her home to Sam (David Thornton) and Nigel (Tomas Arana), a pair of tuxedo-suited (and blood-soaked) strangers who arrive via motorboat with an exotic animal in tow. Allowing them to heal their wounds but desperate to get them out of her home, Tess immediately hides her valuables and frequently makes for the cellar where she appears to speak with an unseen housemate. As the trio engage in a series of complex mind games, it becomes obvious to all that nobody is who anybody else thinks, and mysterious motivations drive Sam and Nigel to extreme measures.


Critic Reviews for Private Property (Terror Island) (Island of the Damned)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

It's a nature study of the dysfunctional family unit in its native habitat and Lafosse's camera captures every behavioral nuance with cold clarity.

Oct 13, 2007 | Full Review…

... stays at slow boil until the last few minutes, when the tensions finally erupt. The whole might have ended up boring, were it not for the excellent performances Lafosse coaxes from his actors ...

Sep 12, 2007

LaFosse shoots in long static takes, letting actors move in and out of frame, to heighten the claustrophobia of characters who are metaphorically pounding the walls trying to break free.

Jul 6, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

There are more subgenres at work here all uneasily meshing into a mess of a film that will have even the most esoteric of audiences scratching their heads.

Jul 25, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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