A slow burning domestic thriller, Aaron Harvey’s The Neighbour is a tense little movie with a captivating central performance from William Fichtner. It’s not one for the ADD crowd, but those willing to go along with it will be rewarded for their patience.
Fichtner is the placid technical writer (and amateur gardener) whose curiosity is piqued when a young couple (Jessica McNamee and Michael Rosenbaum) move in next door. His interest in the couple becomes even more intense when he believes that domestic abuse might be taking place.
The Neighbour is an excellent showcase for William Fichtner, a character actor who now has the chance to take the lead in this well composed film. Fichtner has been putting in fantastic work for decades and it’s great to see him shine here (I first noticed him in Go back in 1999). He delivers a wonderfully low key performance, one which has a lot of electricity running underneath the surface. It’s a shame that this modest film won’t gain enough traction to get Fichtner mentioned in the awards conversation. He’s that good.
Small in scope and story, The Neighbour is a claustrophobic film which keeps its action confined. It doesn’t try to overextend itself and this ensures that it achieves everything it sets out to do. It’s a damn sight better than something like The Girl On The Train, which covered it’s silly plot with a convoluted delivery.
A film for grown-ups, The Neighbour is an intriguing dramatic thriller which is anchored by quietly muscular performance from William Fichtner. Worth seeking out.
The Neighbour is out now on DVD.