Screened as part of NZIFF 2015

99 Homes 2014

Directed by Ramin Bahrani World

Andrew Garfield makes a deal with the devil in Ramin Bahrani’s searing moral thriller – a bitter examination of One Percent corruption, personified by Michael Shannon’s duplicitous real estate shark. Co-stars Laura Dern.

Aug 05

The Roxy Cinema

Aug 06

Paramount

Aug 07

Paramount

USA In English
112 minutes CinemaScope / DCP
offensive language, sexual references

Director, Editor

Producers

Ashok Amritraj
,
Ramin Bahrani
,
Kevin Turen
,
Justin Nappi

Screenplay

Ramin Bahrani
,
Amir Naderi. Based on a story by Bahareh Azimi

Photography

Bobby Bukowski

Production designer

Alex DiGerlando

Costume designer

Meghan Kasperlik

Music

Anthony Partos
,
Matteo Zingales

With

Andrew Garfield (Dennis Nash)
,
Michael Shannon (Rick Carver)
,
Laura Dern (Lynn Nash)
,
Noah Lomax (Connor Nash)
,
Tim Guinee (Frank Green)
,
Clancey Brown (Mr Freeman)

Festivals

Venice
,
Toronto 2014
,
Sundance 2015

Elsewhere

Ramin Bahrani’s visceral drama of real estate agency run amok is keenly honed to make your blood boil. Michael Shannon is magnetic as Rick Carver, a reptilian broker who specialises in home foreclosure. Andrew Garfield plays one of his many victims, a hard-working tradesman who finds himself evicted from his home, only to then be offered work with Carver – doing unto others what’s just been done to him. Bahrani’s gripping premise is fuel for an enraged and enthralling indictment of the American wealth divide, heightened with the clammy pulse of a crime thriller. Garfield, channelling the wounded desperation of his star-making turn in The Social Network, is terrific as the everyman wrestling with a profound ethical conflict, but this is Shannon’s show – reining in his trademark histrionics for a coolly contained (but no less ominous) portrait of greedy malevolence. — JF

“‘Importance’ is such a loaded, off-putting word, but it’s the right one in this context, because while Bahrani’s filmmaking skill and the excellent performances convincingly sell the experience of the film almost as a genre thriller or a Scorsese-esque, descent-into-madness gangster picture, those of us not directly affected by the housing collapse will nonetheless emerge with a better understanding of its terrible human toll.” — Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

“A timely, terrifically acted moral nail-biter… Carver’s nihilistic state-of-the-nation rants recall Tony Montana in his self-actualising pomp, and Shannon delivers them with Tyrannosaur charisma.” — Robbie Collin, The Telegraph