A beautiful, creative meditation on what home is, what your place is, and how it can become foreign, lost or taken right under your feet, the picture is subversively political without one overt pronouncement. Writer-director Joe Talbot’s first time feature is so assured and deeply thought out, it is astounding.
Jimmy, a native San Franciscan, reclaims his boyhood home in the city after the owners vacate in an estate dispute, which he has been surreptitiously tending to for years. He just moves in. His bond is familial and aesthetic, as much to the house as the city, which has transformed right under his feet. The house stands in for the community which becomes fractured and fungible, but community is never what you thought it really was.
This is an art film, but it is linear and focused. Moving and audacious, Talbot is a massive talent. I hope they give him an Avengers franchise.
Yea, that may be against the grain and ethos of the film, but he can still do art films!