Jericho Mansions DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 6.5
Video 6.5
Audio 6.5
Special Features   0.0
Total 6.0
Distributor: Magna Pacific
Running Time:
98 minutes
Classification:
 MA15+
Reviewer:
Erin Marcon

6.0


Jericho Mansions

‘Jericho Mansions’ is an offbeat film featuring an eclectic assortment of characters united only by proximity (they are all residents of the titular apartment building).  We’re introduced to the paranoid land lady, the screeching drug addict, the bird-seed gobbling seductress and numerous other crackpots.  The protagonist of the piece is Leonard Grey (James Caan) an introverted and obsessive caretaker.   

Grey lacks the social skills to form meaningful relationships.  Instead of directly interacting with his fellow tenants, he scurries along the periphery of their lives, gathering information by eavesdropping and fishing through their trash.  He is fiercely, perhaps pathologically, protective of his caretaking responsibilities, frequently criticising the tenants for engaging external tradesmen.  This is his turf.   

Director Alberto Sciamma’s depiction of the building itself is one of the more accomplished aspects of ‘Jericho Mansions.’  Externally, he employs time-lapse photography to establish a supernatural ambience.  Internally, his camera glides between the walls, revealing leaking pipes and sparking circuits.  We are being offered a glimpse at the secret lives of the tenants, lives that are in immediate danger of calamity and collapse. 

Grey battles to maintain the status quo in the building even as he suffers a series of beguiling wild-west flashbacks, becomes entangled in a murder investigation and embarks on a brief but ill-timed love affair with an enigmatic masseuse (Jennifer Tilly).  Such is his obsession with the building, Grey finds himself virtually incapable of leaving Jericho Mansions despite the pain and isolation that it has wrought upon him. 

Unfortunately, despite the film’s brief running time, the end can’t come quickly enough.  The pacing is sluggish and the dialogue disappointingly prosaic.  Resist the urge to switch off however, because the mystery at the heart of the film fascinates as much as it frustrates and you want to miss the wacky but well-executed denouement.   

No extra features were submitted for review.






 
 



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