Imogen Poots, who viewers might know from films comparable to Inexperienced Room, 28 Weeks Later and Black Christmas is again with a brand new film this week, Vivarium, which can be arriving as a brand new VOD choice for these in search of one thing to look at whereas being caught at dwelling. Coincidentally, this occurs to be a film about two individuals who find yourself, unwittingly, caught in a seemingly ultimate dwelling in one thing of an oddly well timed sci-fi thriller. That definitely wasn’t the plan initially, however given present occasions, it simply labored out that approach.
Vivarium, directed by Lorcan Finnegan, reunites Imogen Poots together with her Artwork of Self-Protection co-star Jesse Eisenberg. They play Gemma and Tom, who’re in search of the proper dwelling. When an odd real-estate agent takes them to Yonder, a mysterious suburban neighborhood of an identical homes, they cannot go away shortly sufficient. Nonetheless, once they attempt to exit the housing improvement, every street takes them again to the place they began. They quickly uncover their seek for a dream dwelling has put them smack dab in the midst of a terrifying nightmare.
I just lately had the pleasure of chatting with Imogen Poots in honor of Vivarium‘s launch. We mentioned why the film is well timed, why she is so drawn to style filmmaking and her need to do extra comedy, amongst different issues.
We’re right here to speak about Vivarium, which is your new film popping out. In it, you play Gemma. Are you able to inform us a bit of bit about Gemma and what she’s as much as on this film?
Imogen Poots: Certain. Yeah, I believe Gemma, in a approach, is consultant of the each girl. For those who will need to have an each man then you’ve an each girl and I believe you watch her endure circumstances which might be purported to be absurdist and surreal, and watch howa human might deal with the duties of that, and what she has to confront in that point. Concepts of motherhood and isolation, which we will all relate to proper now, and actually a way of present in a wholly totally different realm, simply on the blink of an eye fixed. I would say it is a sci-fi movie in some respects, for certain.
Yeah completely. It is obtained that. However then it is also, I would not name it a straight-up horror film, nevertheless it positively has a few of that vibe to it. And you have executed lots of style filmmaking prior to now. What’s it that draws you to horror and that style? Or is it that you simply simply maintain discovering your self in these roles by happenstance?
Imogen Poots: The extra I give it some thought, I’ve thought of that earlier than. I believe I am simply actually drawn to the people who find themselves drawn to style. I believe that lots of filmmakers who wish to do one thing which is explorative, typically style offers you the chance to discover one thing metaphorical, or one thing different exterior of type of each on a regular basis life. Typically these persons are nutcases, however they’re additionally actually glorious filmmakers. So I believe I wish to be within the firm of them, and I wish to attempt to faucet into one thing distinctive or one thing that hasn’t been executed earlier than. Typically, style films enable for excellent platforms for feminine efficiency as effectively. I might speak about Sigourney Weaver in Alien or one thing like that. You possibly can actually go to city, simply exploring greater than they seem on the web page, I believe with horror movies.
You might have clearly executed issues exterior of horror. For me, certainly one of my favourite belongings you have been in was Popstar, which I believe is likely one of the most underrated films in a very long time.
Imogen Poots: Oh! I like that movie!
So good. It is so good. And also you have been so humorous in it. You have been so good in it. Do you wish to do extra comedy? Is there a purpose you have not executed extra comedy? As a result of I really feel such as you’re so good at it.
Imogen Poots: That is so good! It is identical to you and my boyfriend who suppose that. Yeah. I might like to, however there’s lots of people on the market who’re actually, actually good at it. I used to be within the firm of royalty on Popstar. I am certain that there was no approach you might be a part of that movie and never have a superb, humorous scene. No, I might completely like to do some extra comedy. It is essential, I believe comedy is rather a lot tougher than dramatic appearing. I actually do. I believe it’s. It is a lot extra nuanced, and it is also about relevance as effectively, which is ever altering. I believe trauma exists on the identical airplane consecutively. I believe humor is one thing which is continually adapting, and altering, and going again. It is a complete different wheelhouse.
Proper now lots of people, type of at all times, however particularly proper now, are in search of a superb distraction. So why would Vivarium make for a superb distraction? And who do you suppose this can be a good distraction for? What sort of film lovers are going to be into this out of your perspective?
Imogen Poots: Good query. I do know you are both up for Vivarium proper now, otherwise you simply wish to watch reruns of My So Known as Life, which any individual I do know is doing. It is a troublesome name. I imply, I watched A Quiet Place final evening. I discovered it actually comforting. I believed It was a very glorious movie and everybody was good in it. I watched that and I watched The Farewell the evening earlier than. I do not suppose I might watch one thing now… I attempted to look at a comedy the opposite evening and it simply appeared irrelevant to me. It kind of looks like it was the place I used to be that evening, however I did not really feel like I used to be connecting to one thing so removed from what we’re all experiencing. So I believe it might provide some relevance, some, even consolation or catharsis maybe. It is one thing to consider. I believe the advantage of Vivarium is that it is not gratuitous horror or violence. It is extra psychological than that. I believe you’re seeing two guinea pigs, because it have been, trapped,and there are all of the issues that they are being uncovered to. Gender roles and the housing disaster, nevertheless it’s additionally about, is that paradise to have your meals delivered? Is it paradise have TV to look at all day lengthy and to be alone? There’s lots of questions I believe it raises. And likewise what about society? What occurs? Do you continue to care about issues that politicians have been caring about earlier than? It is all of that.
Vivarium is accessible on Digital HD and VOD on March 27 from Saban Movies.