The Uninvited Guest (2004) aka El Habitante Incierto
Felix, a slightly manic architect, has just broken up with his girlfriend and is feeling a little low. One night a stranger calls at his door, asking to use the telephone to make an urgent call. Felix, of course agrees, but becomes alarmed when the stranger disappears after he is left alone for a few moments….throughout the next few days Felix becomes convinced that the stranger is still hiding in his house……
One of the best hitchcock-esque thrillers I have seen in years. The movie begins as expected if you read the synopsis but about mid-way through takes a very different turn and you begin to wonder who the ‘bad’ guy actually is.
Sexual repression and ugly voyeurism are the parasitic under-belly of this film – Monica Lopez who doubles both as Felix’s ex-girlfriend Vera as well as his wheelchair-bound neighbour Claudia is elegantly deviant; and Felix himself is played by Andoni Garica in a brilliantly disturbed manner. There are clear echoes of Jimmy Stewart’s performance in “Vertigo” here, particularly around Felix’s descent into complete and utter paranoia.
A great soundtrack and some camerawork which I can only describe as ‘intrusive’ propel this film way above the happy medium of mediocrity. The shattering climax manages to be both mortifying and exhilarating at the same time, even though the final twist is actually pretty tame.
“The Uninvited Guest” is a film which demands a second-viewing for reasons of its sheer complexity and originality. If Hitchcock had been alive today, he would have made this film. Quite outstanding really.
Note: This film is in Spanish with English subtitles.
hotdog rating: 8.5/10