The Guest Room
Andrea Occhipinti, Tommaso Arrighi (executive) for Lucky Red
directed by Stefano Lodovichi
starring Guido Caprino, Camilla Filippi, Edoardo Pesce, Romeo Pellegrini, Gabriella Bonifazi, Riccardo Mauri, Valentina Piersanti, Jacopo Caradonna
story by Stefano Lodovichi, screenplay by Francesco Agostini, Filippo Gili, Stefano Lodovichi, music by Giorgio Giampà
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The very night Stella (Camilla Filippi) wants to jump out of a window
to end her own life she's interrupted by a stranger (Guido Caprino)
knocking on her door insisting he has booked a room at her
bed-and-breakfast - and that's despite Stella having given up the business
months ago, ever since her husband Sandro (Edoardo Pesce) has left her.
Initially Stella wants to send him away, but then there's a thunderstorm
outside, plus the stranger, Giulio, tells her he's a friend of Sandro's,
whom Stella's still in love with, and Sandro might show up later on. And
on closer inspection, Giulio is actually a pretty nice guy - that is,
until he gets a little too inquisitive and personal in their
conversations. Eventually, Sandro does show up, but rather because Stella
has texted him for assistance, and he claims he doesn't know Giulio at all
- upon which Giulio knocks both him and Stella out, and when they come to
they find themselves tied to chairs, and Giulio starts questioning them,
especially about their son (Romeo Pellegrini), who has locked himself into
his room upstairs he hardly ever leaves, and Giulio knows quite a few
things he has no business knowing. But he also knows that Sandro has a kid
with the woman he's living with now, something he has never told Stella.
But how can he know all these things, and why is he so furious about them?
And how far will he go in his rage?
Ok, the basic plot of this
movie might be a bit far-fetched, even within the horror genre's rather
loose limitations, But that's not to say that The Guest House
cannot be a pretty impressive little shocker still: Tension and suspense
are on the high pretty much all through the movie, the story's
character-driven, and even if the key twist seems to give itself away
early on, there are many surprises in the film throughout, and the
direction is very stylish and atmosphere heavy without smothering the
story. And a trio of very solid leads only helps to make this a pretty
exciting genre effort.