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Good Neighbours (2010)

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Victor is new to Montreal and attempts to make friends with the wheelchair-bound Spencer and the cat-loving Louise, but everybody is on edge with a serial killer terrorizing the neighborhood.

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Jacob Tierney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Baruchel ... Victor Spiegelman
Anne-Marie Cadieux ... Valérie Langlois
Diane D'Aquila Diane D'Aquila ... Miss Van Ilen
Xavier Dolan ... Jean-Marc
Gary Farmer ... Roland Brandt
Clara Furey Clara Furey ... Nathalie
Nathalie Girard Nathalie Girard ... Nightclub Waitress
Emily Hampshire ... Louise
Kaniehtiio Horn ... Johanne
Pat Kiely ... Bilodeau
Micheline Lanctôt ... Mme. Gauthier
Sean Lu ... Mr. Chou
Scott Speedman ... Spencer
Jacob Tierney ... Jonah Spiegelman
Kevin Tierney ... Jérôme Langlois
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Storyline

Takes place in 1995, the year of the second referendum on the separation of Quebec. In the dead of winter, a serial killer is on the loose in the small Montreal neighborhood of Notre Dame de Grace. The tenants of an old apartment house must figure out who they can trust and who they can't. Written by oddity94

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You never know who's living right next door.

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Neighbors See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,953, 31 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,805, 14 August 2011
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Park Ex Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Snow in Montreal during October is a rare occurrence, and accumulation is even more unlikely, especially to the extent seen in the movie. Moreover, many clues indicate that the first part of the movie takes place in the days preceding the October 30, 1995 referendum; historical weather reports indicate temperatures around 55-60 Fahrenheit (12-15 Celsius), and no snowfall whatsoever. See more »

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Jean-Marc: I'm always wearing my glasses.
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After the credits: Scene of Balthazar (the cat) leaving Spencer's apartment and returning through the window back into Louise's apartment See more »

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Oeil Pour Oeil
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A small independent pseudo thriller comedy...charming and fun
27 May 2012 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Good Neighbors (2010)

A Canadian indie thriller with spritely charm. Yup! The cast is small, the concept cute and macabre (both), and the filming and editing first rate. This is the latest installment of what is a new genre, mostly American, where a bright, lighthearted tone keeps a relatively serious theme tipped on edge the whole time.

It's almost as if the filmmakers are tired of high drama movies, from true horror films to action adventure to even the moving dramas that win the awards. It's also, though, a product of budget, and making the most of small resources. "Good Neighbors" is in many ways a perfect small movie.

Imagine the most common of situations--a small apartment building where two main characters each have an apartment. One is a disgruntled young woman with two sweet cats, her only real friends. The other is a charming handsome man in a wheelchair, with a cynical and mean interior. Then a newcomer arrives, all sweetness and kindness.

Meanwhile, a serial killer is in the neighborhood, and the woman in particular follows the story for her own self-preservation. Because it's a tightly constructed movie you suspect that one of the three has something to do with the killings, but maybe not, as a fourth apartment dweller makes her viciousness known. This is the turning point, and things get complicated in a funny/tragic way in the last quarter of the film.

As convincing as all these characters are (most of the time), there are few holes here and there. One of them is the series of crimes, and the minimal presence of the police (and rather unconvincing tough detective who looks better than he sounds for the part). In a way we're not supposed to believe or care about the crimes themselves, but in another way, the crimes become, increasingly, the whole movie. Thank goodness for the director that the Montreal police are apparently pretty relaxed about gathering evidence.

Never mind the nitpicking, however. If you like the "indie" feel of movies like "Timer" or even "Juno" (which is better overall), this one will really take you in. It's a "delight" in the best sense of that word.


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