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by Kirsten Sheridan


Five young people break into a house. The owners are away. They are like aliens amidst the clean, stylish environment and modern fittings. Their urge to demolish seems to know no bounds as they burn a trail of destruction through the pristine rooms with their expensive furniture and tasteful decor. After hours of dedicated devastation in a bizarre caricature of family life, the boy next door turns up at their door. His presence seems to dramatically change the group dynamics; alongside the unbridled aggression, moments of quiet and total chaos, hidden secrets slowly surface: there is Denise, who has to use her asthma puffer in between imbibing recreational drugs; young Darren, Eanna and Shane, who are by no means all violent to the same degree, and Jeannie, who took her shoes off when she entered the house and who harbours the biggest secret of all...

international title: Dollhouse
original title: Dollhouse
country: Ireland
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Kirsten Sheridan
screenplay: Kirsten Sheridan
cast: Jack Reynor, Kate Stanley Brennan, Shane Curry, Ciaran McCabe
cinematography by: Colin Downey, Ross McDonnell
film editing: Kirsten Sheridan
art director: Emma Lowney
music: Howie B.
producer: John Wallace
production: Factory Films
backing: Irish Film Board, Lightstream Pictures
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