★★★★☆

 

Directed by and starring Joel Edgerton, The Gift’s set-up is simple but effective: Simon (Jason Bateman) and wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) bump into old school friend Gordon (Edgerton), exchange numbers and are soon sharing dinner and stilted conversation. Before long, Gordon is turning up unannounced and bearing unwanted gifts. It’s a relatable dilemma and one that can turn sour very easily. The simplicity of its premise recalls both Hitchcock and Haneke, peeling back the layers of its plot à la Rear Window (1954).

This review was originally published at CineVue. For the full article, head to CineVue.

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