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This Spanish thriller directed by Guillem Morales and starring Monica Lopez , Francesc Garrido , Agusti Villaronga , Andoni Gracia , Minnie Marx , Paul Derqui and Violet Llueca is one of the most original thrillers I enjoyed! In 2005, for this film, Guillem Morales was nominated for the Goya film award for best new director.
The story of Felix - an architect, who feels that his emotional stability crumbles when his girlfriend Vera refuses to continue living with him, was really well developed. The suspense was simply amazing. One night, he is visited by a stranger who asks if he can make a phone call... and he disappears, at least Felix thinks so... Since then, a series of increasingly strange events lead him to the conclusion that the intruder has been living in his own home and his life is being threatened by him.
Everything in this movie is almost perfect... and smooth running! Give it a go!
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?
The Uninvited Guest starts off pretty damn slow, introducing us to Felix who is an architect that inhabits this majestic home in Barcelona, Spain. At the same time he is dealing with the breakup from his girlfriend, which starts to trigger some paranoia that he is being watched. When an unexpected knock on the door from a stranger, who needs to use the phone and then disappears, Felix soon realizes that there is more to his home than meets the eye.
This was a puzzling movie to watch and filled with suspense and atmosphere, with some creepy moments. The film definitely picks up the pace in its second half, which puts you on the edge of your seat. The film has this very classic look and feel to it that was refreshing and reminded me of an Alfred Hitchcock film or the more recent thriller, Sleep Tight. The film builds to this shocking and baffling conclusion that hit it home for me. The film was clever and original!
The acting was subtle and brilliant that had many layers, an intriguing watch. Andoni Gracia, who plays Felix, was captivating to watch and brought us along with his character through this spiraling maze of mystery, uncertainty and tension. At the same time you can't help to think if he was crazy all this time, because he had this creepiness about him. It's one of the few films that I don't mind trying to put the pieces together because I like the mystique of it all. Hell I might even watch it again to figure it all out.
Director, Guillem Morales has made two really good, classic thrillers. First The Uninvited Guest and then Julia's Eyes, he already films his movies like a classic suspenser, he is now one of my favorite directors. He knows how to create this suffocating atmosphere, builds the suspense with ease and hits you with a great twist towards the end. I can't wait for his next thriller; I hope it's soon!
Overall, it's a shame that this little thriller that could is not more well known and appreciated. It has a quality about that you don't see much of in today's thrillers, it's not flashy, overly violent and focuses more on the little things that most directors miss. We need more of this in this genre! Recommended! 7 out of 10
A good original spanish thriller that should appeal to movie-goers who enjoy these type of films where you're left thinking after the movie ends (a puzzle).
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