28 August 2004 | eekmonique
Lonely girl meets con man
A plain, shy, thirty-ish woman still lives with her parents in their cramped house in a depressing suburb. Her life is completely uneventful and she works at a boring job in a bank. One day she meets a young man on the train, he is fairly handsome and wears a nice suit. He manages to charm her, she brings him home and he ingratiates himself with her parents (who are also lonely and all too ready to believe that their daughter has finally found a nice man). Somehow he ends up living in their house, freeloading off them every day and contributing nothing. Things just get worse and worse from there. I can't say much more than this without giving away the plot. The four main characters are all incredibly well written and acted. The boyfriend is just an awful person, selfish, lazy, cruel, dishonest and exploitative. I don't know if the director was deliberately trying to portray a sociopath on screen; but that's how this character comes across. I found this movie fascinating. Sometimes I could hardly bear to watch as this family allowed this person to disrupt their lives. This is a unique film.