Good Neighbors (film)

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Good Neighbours
Good Neighbors.jpg
Directed by Jacob Tierney
Produced by Kevin Tierney
Written by Jacob Tierney
Based on Chère Voisine 
by Chrystine Brouillet
Starring Jay Baruchel
Emily Hampshire
Scott Speedman
Xavier Dolan
Music by Claude Hazanavicius
Cinematography Guy Dufaux
Edited by Arthur Tarnowski
Production
  company
Park Ex Pictures
Distributed by Alliance
Myriad Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14) (TIFF)
July 29, 2011 (UK & USA)
Running time 98 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
French

Good Neighbours is a 2010 Canadian black comedy-drama/thriller film which was written and directed by Jacob Tierney.[1] It is based on the book by Chrystine Brouillet.

Plot[edit]

Louise (Emily Hampshire) works as a waitress in a Chinese restaurant in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhood of Montreal where she lives, she has become obsessed with the story of a recent spate of serial murders committed in the NDG area, and scours Montreal newspapers for stories about each victim. The latest victim is a co-worker who last spoke of a blond, muscular man she met at the bar, and with whom she had a drink after she got off work at midnight.

Louise's wheelchair-bound downstairs neighbor Spencer (Scott Speedman) shares her predilection up to a point, but mostly likes to keep to himself. Few days later, a young elementary school teacher, Victor (Jay Baruchel), moves into the building, having recently returned to the city from a sojourn in China. The three live on separate floors, but become friends.

Victor eagerly wants to make friends with Louise and Spencer, who are reluctant to form a friendship with him as they find him only slightly more agreeable than the drunken, foul-mouthed tenant Valérie (Anne-Marie Cadieux), who hates Louise’s cats. As the trio’s relationships develop, it becomes apparent that each is a troubled character. Louise’s life is focused more on her cats, music of Mozart and Tia Maria, than to humans. Victor is almost a benign stalker, keen to ingratiate himself with the other tenants and to acknowledge their lives, especially Louise, upon whom he appears to develop a crush, inventing an imaginary love life with her. Spencer appears the most well-adjusted and calm of the three, despite his handicap. As the walls are paper-thin, it is hard to keep secrets in this apartment complex. However its manager, Madame Gauthier (Micheline Lanctôt), finds herself completely in the dark when a murder takes place in the building.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Tierney filmed it under the working title Notre Dame de Grâce in and around Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[2][3]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere as part of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival on 15 September 2010.[4] Magnolia Pictures[5] released it for the Whistler Film Festival.[6]

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