THE ONES BELOW
David Farr's (screenwriter of HANNA) feature film debut The Ones Below, is a dark, modern fairy tale in which the lives of two couples become fatally intertwined.
Kate (Clémence Poésy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) live in the upstairs flat of a London house. Thirty-something, successful and affluent, they are expecting their first baby. All appears well on the surface though Kate harbours deep-rooted fears about her fitness to be a mother and her ability to love her child.
One day, another couple, Jon (David Morrissey) and Theresa (Laura Birn), move into the empty apartment below. They are also expecting a baby and in stark contrast to Kate, Theresa is full of joy at the prospect of imminent motherhood.
Pregnancy brings the women together in a blossoming friendship as Kate becomes entranced by Theresa’s unquestioning celebration of her family-to-be. Everything changes one night at a dinner party in Kate and Justin’s flat. Kate begins to sense that all is not as it seems with the couple below. Then a tragic accident throws the couples into a nightmare and a reign of psychological terror begins.
The Guardian - Cover of Review section / Review 4 stars (Peter Bradshaw) - "a very stylish piece of work from Farr"
The Times - Review 4 stars (Kate Muir) - "a superb thriller"
The Daily Mail - Review 4 stars (Brian Viner) - "another impressive first cinematic feature… superbly acted"
The Daily Mirror - Review 4 stars (David Edwards) - "a chilly psychological thriller guaranteed to make young mums rush to check their baby monitors"
The Daily Express - Review 4 stars (Allan Hunter) - "A taut, expertly executed chiller"
The Telegraph - Review 3 stars (Patrick Smith) - "a creepy genre exercise by a crafstman finding his groove"
The Independent - Review 3 stars (Geoffrey Macnab) - "the performances are striking, especially that of Poesy"
The Daily Star - Review 3 stars (Andy Lea) - "smart thriller"
I Paper - Review 3 stars (Geoffrey Macnab) / Critics Round-up
Directed by David Farr
'The otherworldly score heightens expectations of a film that will unsettle in the tradition of Rosemary’s Babyand mostly, modestly The Ones Below doesn’t disappoint'
The Screen daily Review