The Nest

Life is not good in James Fotopoulos's 2003 feature, one of the strongest works yet from this prolific young Chicagoan. Its enigmatic narrative centers on a young married couple whose bland midwestern home is intruded upon by unexplained figures: another woman appears when the wife seems ill; a man tells the husband, “I know everything about you.” Suggestive of post-9/11 paranoia, these proceedings are rendered positively hellish by the coupling of static images with a wide range of intrusive sounds?appliance noises, animal cries, a howling baby. For Fotopolous, existence itself is a trap; his protagonists seem stuck in their bodies and rooms as time ticks away. 78 min.

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