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The Neighbour

1 h 37 min2018X-Ray15
The Neighbour follows Mike, a middle-aged man in a routine marriage, wrestling with the fact that he feels his life to be passing him by. Yet, when a young couple moves in next door, Mike quickly befriends the young and vulnerable Jenna - herself trapped in a tumultuous marriage to Scott, a car salesman with an immature and pejorative streak.
Aaron Harvey
William FichtnerJessica McNameeMichael Rosenbaum
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3.3 out of 5 stars

149 global ratings

  1. 33% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 20% of reviews have 4 stars
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GoldeneddieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 August 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Unusual, rule-breaking, non-Hollywood story worth a watch
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You'll either love this or hate it. It's that unconventional. And by 'unconventional' I mean that it avoids all the predictable expectations that you might have become used to in the ideal world of film. There are no car chases or heroic moments where seemingly unbreakable characters behave like superhumans. The evil is not undeniably evil or even clear, the good is confused and potentially questionable. There is no sudden escalation to a terrorist attack, alien invasion or hostage situation. This is not Transformers or Die Hard - it's an old-fashioned story about people, morality and life.

What you do have here is a deep, intriguing tale of human connection and confusion. Things do 'escalate' but only to a level that they might shift to in real life. The characters are complex, even contradictory, and the interplay of roles, hopes and human frailties is a subtle study in humanity. The acting is superb, particularly Fitchner who really deserves an Oscar for his understated role. He manages to play a lonely older man, fascinated by an attractive young neighbour, yet resists all temptation to ham it up into a psychopathic level of obsession. His 'flirting' is hardly perceivable and her responses are equally ambiguous, making you wonder just as he must, if there is anything 'flirty' happening at all. It's this subtlety that makes this film extremely relatable. These are not Marvel characters or exaggerated Desperate Housewives, these are real people, with genuine levels of discomfort and dismay, hope and disappointment.

Honestly, some reviews here reflect that people just did not get the type of film this is. So, if you enter into it knowing in advance that this is a study in human behaviour, you'll love it. I'm a writer and let me tell you - this is some of the cleverest dialogue I've ever witnessed.

The biggest positive? I'd say the awkward conversational moments where the flow of conversation just seems to stall, then the characters resort to some banal remark about the weather - just like in real life. What a brave and unprecedented move by the scriptwriter in a business where 'snappy' perfect dialogue is the prerequisite of every movie these days. This style feels like a welcome antidote to the usual 'ever-ready' bomb-proof dialogue full of perfect wit and confidence. This is not Ryan Reynolds - this is more like you and your neighbour talking.

The negative? Well, there is a sudden shift in the plot at one late point which comes out of nowhere. Perhaps that was deliberate, so that we experience the same shock as the character, but it felt more like a piece of the story was missing.

Despite that, this film deserves praise and attention for going against convention and bravely portraying what feels like a true story, slow-burning and muddling, real and not crisply resolved. If you want neat and swashbuckling, then this movie would frustrate you. But if you think you would appreciate something different, something subtler, then you will enjoy watching the effect of one small stone dropped into the lake of a man's life. When the effect expands, you'll find yourself as captivated as you might be watching ripples on the surface of water, wondering what happens when two or three patterns collide. No explosion, more of an implosion, and all the more fascinating because of that.
13 people found this helpful
dbailey617Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Love thy Neighbour?
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First things first, at the time of writing this review there were no three or four star ratings...people either loved or hated this film. I didn't read any reviews going into the film and only rented it because of William Fichtner and from the strength of trailer.
The film in itself it slow, deliberate and thoughtful so don't expect mass brawls, packed scenes and bullets to fly!
It works in its simplicity, and to not always feel the need to tell you everything...a lot of this film works on what is not being said as well as what is, which is where I think some people felt they didn't enjoy it. Even the final scenes, very little is said but the production, camera work and acting bring it to life. You don't have to have gun fights or large action scenes to finish movies...
Quite a few people also mention Fichtner is wooden...his character is socially awkward and his confidence and self belief are clearly lacking, which again I feel is acted well throughout. From watching and enjoying Fichtner in Prison Break, I can certainly tell you he isn't wooden!
For me this is great movie, with an interesting subject of abuse tackled along with the thought of...what would you do if you lived next door to a physical abuser?
14 people found this helpful
Andy MReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 January 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
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It's true to life, like watching a docufilm really of the people next door or down the street, there is no real storytelling, more this is what happened. It gives us a glimpse into the subtilties that occur as abuse grows and gets worse over time, how the abuser can appear in many different guises to others, successful and charming, and the way she blames the self, questions the relationship and hopes desperately that if she stays she will get her happy ever after, ignoring each and every alarm bell along the way. Sadly this is what happens, her own safety is never really her concern, this pales into insignificance and gets lost. It's painful viewing for anyone that has been through domestic abuse.

There is no uplift in it at all, just grim reality. I wouldn't call it entertainment, more an eye opener.

WF can do no wrong in my eyes, I like that he will take on different roles, he is a sterling, world class actor and like all of the other roles he plays this one very well too; the emotionally stunted, confused middle aged man who struggles to understand himself and to communicate with others. The line becomes blurred for him as he is unsure what is desire and how to deal with this and what it the right and best thing to do. It's human, it shows us we have flaws, and how we can so easily make the wrong decisions in a heartbeat sometimes and where this can lead us.
3 people found this helpful
Pirin AdventuresReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 August 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
beware of neighbours
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Great film, great message :-) It makes you wonder what you would do if you heard your neighbour been beaten by thier partner, even if you fancied them as Mike obviously did. Call the police is screaming out, but not everyone follows those guidelines.
Its a slow moving thought provoking film and at the end I felt sympathy for Mike, sad that he tried to help this young women and like so many caught in an abusive relationship, they just keep staying put. I would love to know what happens after the large killer incident? The bit they dont move to? Mikes wife, its like she was waiting for an excuse to get rid of him, always turning him down for intimacy, blaming him, I felt quite sad for him. A good film and beautiful music.
2 people found this helpful
Eileen StaceyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 September 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
worth a watch
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Some bad reviews on this movie but i enjoyed it..not sure why mikes wife thought he was going through a midlife crisis for and kicked him out because as far as she knew there was nothing going on between mike and jenna ..she did not know they kissed and it was jenna that made that move..he was just trying to look out for jenna..yea he may have had some thoughts and feelings for her but the wife didn't know..but in this situation best to keep out of it and ring police .wish they had of showed a bit more at the end ,did scott die or or what ..jenna would have found out in time someone like scott would never change ..he was abusive and controlling and she would have to make the decision in the end but until she was ready to make that decision nothing anyone could do about in many a time this situation in life has happened
3 people found this helpful
C. RansomReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you like to see acting without the histrionics, then this is for you
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Having written that headline, I don't want to lead you into thinking that nothing happens - it does. The central character, played by William Fichtner, underplays his role beautifully. Early on, you are not sure whether he is going to be creepy or not - by the end, you feel that you know this man and are rooting for him. The increasing sense of sadness throughout the film makes you continue watching - the extended lone shots of Fichtner's character don't need dialogue - you can see everything in his head and heart and feel for him - splendid acting. Everyone else backs him up admirably. The bad reviews are from people who want constant car chases, killings etc and that's fine; it's just not for them. But I'm glad I stumbled onto it, after accidentally opting for Prime Video. It's a film - and a central performance - that will stay with me for some time.
3 people found this helpful
Chrissy FrostReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 February 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fichtner shines in a slow burning story
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This won’t be for everyone - it is a slow unravelling tale of a mid-life crisis and good intentions gone badly wrong. William Fichtner gives a superbly nuanced performance as a middle-aged married man whose attention is caught by a new, attractive neighbour. Fichtner had escaped my attention in the past but this film sent me Googling for more information about his career. The subtle rhythms of this tale seem to be a departure for Fichtner, usually seen in more macho roles. Anyway, if you like this sort of film - then this is the sort of film you will like!
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CHRIS MACDONALDReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A warning to mind your own business.
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A young couple move in next door to a married man at first they are good neighbours until he hears the young couple arguing with each other most of the time. He goes next door to find the wife of the couple is in a unhappy relationship with her husband and tries to sort things out only to find his own wife thinks he has a crush on the next door neighbours wife and she kicks him out.
Eventually things get out of hand and he has a fight with the young couples husband only to get the worst of it.
5 people found this helpful
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