The film introduces us to a couple who have been together for many years in an apartment building. But unfortunately for this couple, Julio (Javier Camara) & Ana (Griselda Siciliani), their relationship consists of arguments, disagreements, and a lack of connection in the bedroom.
As Julio comes home from a day at work, he is reminded by Ana that the two had plans to have dinner with the neighbours from upstairs. Julio attempts to make excuses for the two to cancel as he has no interest in spending the evening with a couple he barely knows. Ana reminds him that they keep putting it off and cancel every time. Julio and Ana are aware that the couple above appear to be joyful in their relationship, something that is even more evident as the two are extremely loud whenever they spend time in the bedroom.
Before Julio can convince Ana to cancel, a knock on the door occurs and Salva (Alberto San Juan) & Laura (Belen Cuesta) arrive for dinner. The two couples begin to engage with slow and somewhat shy conversations, but it’s not long until the guests speak openly about their relationship and their adventures in the bedroom. The guests also reveal the real reason why they accepted the invitation in the first place. From this moment on, the evening includes several reveals and awkward conversations. Will the evening improve Julio’s and Ana’s relationship or pressure them to part ways for good?
Within minutes of starting this film, I was impressed by the film’s script and dialogue. Everything within this film feels realistic and natural. The conversations are also quite engaging and filled with shocking moments that are dramatic, surprising, or even funny to witness. Performances are solid and can’t be faulted.
As a plot, it is fun, witty, and nothing is predictable. I found myself questioning the film’s outcomes, and being surprised at every turn. Even when something should have been evident to me as a viewer, the film’s plot and unfolding was so natural I didn’t make a connection on the first viewing, which was extremely pleasing.
The image quality here is stunning. Obviously, The People Upstairs has been filmed with great quality cameras, and the entire film is well shot and rather pleasing to watch. The film’s audio gains a perfect score as the vocal track was easy to hear and simple to follow. The film itself does not have a soundtrack, but I certainly enjoyed the director’s taste of humour in the selected tracks used for the film’s credits.
Overall, I was quite surprised to find myself having a great time with this film. I truly fell in love with the film’s style and script as it all feels rather convincing and real. As a plot, it’s a simple story with unpredictable outcomes that will have viewers shocked, surprised or laughing at moments of awkwardness and revelation. With such a small cast, it’s impressive to see all parties involved with this film delivering such a fun, and yet heartfelt film.
The People Upstairs (2020) is Now Available Australian in Cinemas!