THE GUEST ROOM


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On a rainy autumn morning, Stella is on the verge of throwing herself out of the window in her wedding gown, when someone knocks at the door. It’s a soaked stranger claiming he reserved a room for the night. Impossible, Stella thinks. But outside, it’s raining like crazy. The stranger asks for a glass of water. He’s also charming. It almost makes her forget her desire to die so violently. She invites him in. The stranger quickly makes himself at home and starts talking to her as if he’s known her for ages. The return of Stella’s ex-husband, the man who broke her heart, transforms this strange, static atmosphere into sudden and unexpected chaos… It is often said not to judge a book by its cover. And this is certainly the case for Stefano Lodovichi’s latest film. First of all, this description has all the makings of a vaudeville on a rainy day. Wrong. Is this about the phenomenon of hikkomori, those teenagers who lock themselves in their rooms, cut off from the world? That too. Is this a drama about dysfunctional families on the tunes of Umberto Tozzi? Are you intrigued? And then there are references to FUNNY GAMES and THE SHINING that thicken the plot of THE GUEST ROOM even more. By the way, did we tell you that there’s also some science fiction involved?

Year 2021
Director Stefano Lodovichi
Cast Guido Caprino,
Camilla Fillipi & Edoardo Pesce
Distributor True Colours
Genre(s) fantasy, mystery
Audience CNA
Running time 84'
Country Italy
Audio Italian
Subtitles EN, FR, NL
Premiere International Premiere
Production Lucky Red
World Sales True Colours
Competition(s) European Méliès Competition