Your home is 7 points
his houseUnited Kingdom, 2020.
direction: Remy Wikeez.
Script: Felicity Evans, Toby Venables and Remy Wickes.
Duration: 93 minutes.
Translators: Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Matt Smith, Malaika Wakoli-Abigala, Javier Botet, and Vivienne Soan.
the first show: And Netflix.
It is historically considered a subspecies and at the same time one of the most popular, Horror cinema is an ideal tool for expressing a critical view of the world. In smart and witty hands, scary movies have the potential to be more than just harmless (but horrific) fictional pastimes. So much so that, through its resources, it is possible to paint vivid pictures of reality to impose real political and social statements. The movies of great masters of the field, such as George Romero or John Carpenter, are tangible evidence of that power at the heart of horror.
The first feature of British Remy Wikes, his house, Is one of those cases. Set in contemporary London suburbs, the movie is far from being a postcard from Piccadilly Circus sold in the English capital of tourism. Weekes addresses one of the Western world’s greatest concerns in the twenty-first century: Waves of refugees from Africa and the Near East, viewed by much of Europe as a new barbarian invasion.
Paul and Real are a Sudanese couple who live in a refugee shelter like a prison. They arrived there to escape the tribal wars that led to a massive and silent genocide in different regions of sub-Saharan Africa. As if this shock weren’t enough, on the dangerous journey between the two continents, the couple lost their young daughter, who drowned in the waters of the Mediterranean with other members of the group, who were also fleeing in search of a world of more. Opportunities. Or at least with some. As if the game of looking at two slices overlapping against the light, his house It performs juxtaposition based on cultural differences to generate scenes of real social horror. At the same time, it takes the possibilities of this type of overlap to the extreme, making this real horror match the others, and is a paradigm of fantastic cinema.
After studying his case, the state permits Paul and Rial temporarily to enter British territory. To pass the trial period, immigrant spouses are guaranteed a home and a weekly amount of money, but conditions are also imposed: they cannot work, they must report every seven days for a monitoring interview, and above all They are not permitted to leave the house intended for them. Failure to comply with only one of these terms can result in your immediate deportation.
Fate brings them to a destroyed home in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. From there the film begins to develop two simultaneous paths that, like all parallel paths, tend to intersect at some point. On the one hand Cases of estrangement resulting from collision with reality, Which range from painful feelings of being lost in an unfamiliar area, to intimidating manifestations of contempt by the rest of society. On the other hand, the appearance of the Spectral presence linked to their traditionsIt is a true cultural burden that the couple brings with them, and when the implant is forcefully implanted, it begins to cause friction and delay with the new environment.
Making use of the resources of ghost stories or haunted houses, while creating a new development of the “ethnic component” his house It’s an expression of horror not only as a fun experience. Among his greatest achievements is producing a powerful metaphor to illustrate the heavy burden that often burdens victims, especially those who have managed to live through great collective tragedies. Because despite the fears that occur in that house, on Paul and Real The real horror lives on in their memories This leaves them guilty of having spared their dead.