Neighbour's Window (2019 Oscar Winner)


A middle-aged woman's life is shaken up when two younger people move in across the street.
by Marshall Curry
English
20 Min / USA

Award WinningDrama

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An exhausted New Yorker in her late 30s discovers a curious mode of entertainment. What starts as a brief respite from her laidback husband and three kids turns into a part-time addiction. Living in the apartment building directly opposite hers is an attractive couple in their early 20s.

She can see them – loving, living, partying, drinking, dancing, and having sex. As the seasons pass, she is hooked. She can’t look, but she can’t look away. She rises at the dead of night to observe them. She is envious of their stamina, raw desire and mutual fondness. While she struggles in her mundane life, they seem to be nurturing the boundless hope she once had.

The film went on the win the Live Action Short Oscar in 2019 Academy Awards. It was inspired by a true story, told by Diane Weipert on Love + Radio's "The Living Room," produced by Briana Breen and Brendan Baker. You can hear the original story here: www.loveandradio.org

Windows and voyeurism have always lent themselves beautifully as tools for cinematic brilliance. In short films we have seen Signs, Paperman which are enchanting love stories. 

That film, too, dealt with the envy New York Gen-Xers feel for more freewheeling New York Millennials, but The Neighbor's Window takes it in a different direction where the situation helps them regain a view of themselves they'd lost amid all their voyeurism — enough of it to make them forget that the observers can also be observed.

 

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