A seemingly benign real estate deal between a bourgeois French couple and a dangerous, antisemitic conspiracy theorist quickly turns into a sinister standoff in this superbly acted and provocative film. NOTE: Screens Virtually Only: Streaming window is 48 hrs after hit "play" and expires Sun. March 26 at 11:59pm.
In this gripping psychological thriller, a benign real estate deal turns into a sinister and suspenseful standoff between a bourgeois French couple and a dangerous stranger. When a Parisian architect (Jérémie Renier) and his wife (Bérénice Bejo, THE ARTIST) sell their apartment’s unused storage cellar to a well-mannered former history teacher (François Cluzet), the stranger’s secret life as an antisemitic conspiracy theorist and Holocaust denier emerges after he takes up residence. As the couple struggles to rescind the sale, their increasingly menacing buyer insinuates himself into their lives and that of their naive teenage daughter, turning the family’s idyllic world upside down. Provocative and superbly acted, this nightmare scenario (based on a true story) will keep audiences guessing from one unsettling moment to the next. MAN IN THE BASEMENT intelligently explores France’s hidden history of antisemitism through compelling and suspenseful storytelling.
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