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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #59. Michael Rowe’s Rest Home

Rest Home

Director: Michael Rowe// Writer: Michael Rowe

We’ve been a champion of Michael Rowe, an Australian filmmaker living in Mexico, since his 2010 debut Leap Year, which snagged him the Camera D’or at Cannes. Since then, his 2013 sophomore effort, The Well, premiered at the Rome Film Festival and is currently without US distribution. His latest project, Rest Home, was long supposed to star Melissa George, who has since dropped out and was recently replaced by Xavier Dolan muse Suzanne Clement. The psychological drama, which follows a security guard in a retirement home whose life spirals out of control when he catches his wife with a lover, pushing him to the brink of insanity.

Cast: Suzanne Clement, Paul Doucet

Producers:  Freshwater Pictures’ Trish Lake,  Possibles Media’s Serge Noel

U.S. Distributor: Rights available

Release Date: Filming began in Montreal this November, so we’re hoping to see this snag a handsome slot at Cannes, perhaps in Un Certain Regard, though it’s genre streak may deem it more appropriate for Director’s Fortnight.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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