Film Review: The House (2022)

Netflix’s The House is an anthology film about three stories centering around the house. Presented in stop-motion animation, the stories reflect on human elements that try to survive or play games on others to invade your space. And this paves a way for those who want to present their ideas through stop-motion because it is a beautiful art. So far we have usually observed using this medium for humor and entertainment but making things very dark and sensitive like The House has rarely happened. So I appreciate the makers for this.

There is your despairing corner of childhood that is stored somewhere in this film. Some picks of episodic agitation of your loneliness that you watch in one of the stories. A part of privacy that is invaded and irritates you; your complaints and your angst, that keeps building the nerve but you tolerate it until it becomes intolerable. You, somehow, see yourself in at least one of the three stories, and compels you to think of the ugliness of greed and the individual negative energy.

The observer can come up with many theories from these stories. The first part was more consortium of brainwashing that resulted in punishment and abandoned the children. I think some magic spell befooled them and their children at a tender age were lost to survive on their own.

The second part was my favorite and I liked the developer’s frustration that built in time after those unexpected guests had no plan to leave at all. The conclusion of the story pressed an unwanted truth that people who are not like you drive you insane and transform you. You become like them. It was a sorry ending but very thoughtful and disturbing.

THE HOUSE. Susan Wokoma as Rosa in THE HOUSE. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021

The third story can be observed from many angles. One was Rosa’s stubbornness and will to survive on her own in the house and believing that she was right to stay in the house after the disaster. Rosa was the only one who was serious to make the money when there was no hope while the other tenants had understood that the house is sinking at any time so live it on your own whatever is left. And then the key factor Cosmos was the one who made Rosa’s survival certain. Do you need to listen to someone who is the least interested to you? Should you let go of your childhood home in a natural disaster situation?

There are anthology films in which the story fails to give any meaning but The House is murky and embezzles your mood and emotions to think what if you are a part of an invasion? What if you have to speak or communicate with people you don’t want to? What if there is no escape?

The House is like a root canal. With the horror elements, this film agonizes your assumptions. The dancing parasites in the film are a marvelous exaggeration of your repeated failure, the thing that needs to leave mocking at you. Watch this remarkable surrealist film.

Ratings: 8.7/10