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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #65. Michael Rowe’s Rest Home

Rest Home

Director: Michael Rowe
Writer: Michael Rowe
Producers: Possibles Media, Freshwater Pictures
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Melissa George, Roy Dupuis

We’ve been a huge of Michael Rowe since his unsettling 2010 debut, Leap Year. An Australian who has lived in Mexico City for the past two decades, Rowe makes his English language debut with his third film, Rest Home, which should film in early 2014. Rowe has been able to work magic with a microbudget, so we’re curious to see how his vision expands as notable names both in front of and behind the camera flock to be a part of his work (Gael Garcia Bernal produced his second feature, 2013’s The Well, which played at the Rome and Morelia Film Festivals). While US audiences are perhaps most familiar with Australian actress Melissa George from her television work, she’s had memorable roles in works by Christopher Smith, David Lynch, and Steven Soderbergh (and two of those names aren’t making films any more), and this promises to be an equally exciting pairing, also starring Canadian actor Roy Dupuis (the Mesrine films).

Gist: The life of a security guard in a retirement home spirals out of control when he catches his wife with a lover, pushing him to the brink of insanity.

Release Date: If filming is completed in the first quarter of 2014, we’re hoping Rowe has put the finishing touches on it for a late year release, though Venice or Toronto could be too soon.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com'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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