Jean (Natalie Skye), a former investment banker who quit her job out of
guilt regarding the latest housing/banking crisis, has gone on a
soul-searching trip round the world and now needs to spend the Christmas
holidays on her own to write down her thoughts. To that end, she rents an
extremely luxurious house quite a way away from anything (and anyone), and
she feels like heaven, literally from day one ... well, at least until she
notices she's not alone in the house, and that those who are in the house
with her are the ghosts of the dead (Zak Santiago, Alex Zahara, Emilie
Ullerup, Zahf Paroo, David Richmond-Peck) ...
Now this properly freaks
Jean out, until she finds out more about her housemates: They might not be
ghosts as such, just souls in transit, considerably miffed about being
stuck in the house and waiting to go on, and the ghosts might all have
skeletons in their closets. But maybe there are also some ghosts in Jean's
own past that need to be exorcised ...
The House is a
very interesting little movie, as it starts out as a proper ghost story,
but soon enough affords itself the luxury of going routes so far un- or
underexplored in similar movies of its ilk, eventually finding a very
humane approach to the genre while at the same time functioning as a
supernatural mystery featuring a few quite unexpected and yet very
plausible (at least in the film's own little world) twists and turns, plus
while the film deals with some deeply emotional, serious subjects like
death and guilt, it manages to do so in an entertaining way.