classified 15

Hell Is Other People


Please note: This was screened in Feb 2020

Jordan Peele
Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
116 mins, 2019, USA
Primary language

Jordan Peele’s shocking comic-horror makes hay with the scenario of our other half rising, its use of shadow versions of ourselves serving as canny metaphors to explore our hidden desires and darker impulses.

Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o) returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, she grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen to her family. After a day with friends (Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker), the Wilsons return to their vacation home and when darkness falls Adelaide’s worst fears soon become a reality when they are confronted by another family standing in their driveway. A family to whom they bear an unsettlingly perfect resemblance...

Forging new ground in the pantheon of doppelganger tales and filled with nightmare-inducing images of a disenfranchised underclass rising up in solidarity as reckoning for a lifetime of unwilling and undeserved servitude, Us brilliantly implicates ourselves as our own worst enemies.