MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL 99 HOMES BALLARAT (2014) [Travelling Film Festival]
"A timely, terrifically acted moral nail-biter." – The Telegraph
In the midst of the US housing crisis, a single father is kicked out of his bungalow with only minutes to collect his belongings. Determined to buy his home back, he finds himself working for the same man who evicted him and begins to learn the tricks that were once used on him.
The latest film from award-winning director Ramin Bahrani, 99 Homes is a razor-sharp parable about the collapse of the US housing market, with a character who turns from prey to predator. Stars Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern and especially Michael Shannon (as the charismatic real estate mogul Rick Carver) are all spot on.
"Stand aside, Gordon Gekko. Michael Douglas' Mephistophelian Wall Street corporate raider may stand as the emblem of 1980s rapacity, but now he has a successor for the credit-crunch era: Rick Carver." – BBC