Vivarium (2019) - full transcript

A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses.

Today we are going to pretend
to be trees.

We're gonna be tall, wonderful,
green trees

with really long branches
and lush leaves.

So, if you'll stand up for me.

What's that noise?
Can anybody hear it?

- Wind.
- Wind.

And then suddenly...

-there's a storm.

- Bye bye.
- Bye.

- Hey.
- Hi.

How's the house hunting going?

Yeah, uh, it's okay, I mean,
it's just been going on and on.

Well, take my advice,
pounce now,

market's going through the roof.

Yeah, we're gonna drop and see
estate agents later, so...

Well, don't get
left behind, Gemma.

Okay, bye.

Who did that
to the poor baby birds?

I don't know.

Maybe it was a cuckoo.


Because it needed a nest.

Why doesn't it just make
its own nest?

Because that's nature,
that's just the way things are.

I don't like the way things are.
They're terrible.

it's only horrible sometimes.


- Bye, Ms. Pierce.
- Bye.

Hey there, little lady.
Come a little closer.

Nah-ah! Come on, Mr. Tree
wants to get to know you.

Ah, there you go. There you go.

My bark.

- Hey.
- Hi.

Mm. So, how am I
at the tree game?

- Yeah, you're pretty mediocre.
- That's good.

Sad little things.

It's cruel.

Okay, there you go.

Hey, come on.
Show some respect.

- Did you knock them down?
- No, I did not knock them down.

I am a professional.
Come on. How dare you?

- Professional weirdo.
- Yeah, but professional.


I'm gonna get
my own wheels one day.

Just you wait, I'm gonna have,
like, a big, you know,

muddy gardener's van.

- Sounds delightful.
- Yeah.

Are you gonna change
your I-shirt?

- What?
- Your I-shirt.

- Seriously?
- Yeah.

- Shit.
- You stink.

Yo, seriously. Your mom,
she's the worst offender, too.

She's hardly over there.

She's there all the time.

Well, she came
with the apartment.

- Yeah.


We're just, um...

- looking...
- Yeah.

- ...for something...
- And you are?

I'm Gemma.
This is my boyfriend, Tom.

Hey, what's up?

Gemma and Tom,
lovely to meet you.

It's lovely to meet you too,

is a wonderful development.

Both tranquil and practical,

it has all you'd need
and all you'd want.

And as for the prices,

it's no wonder these houses
are getting snapped up.

I know what you guys
are thinking.


But there's more to Yonder than
what you see in these images.

We've lovely people,

all sorts of people
ready to move in.

It's going to be
a diverse community.

Something different,
a nice blend.

Where's it located?

Near enough.

And far enough.

Just the right distance.

We could
take a look if you like.

- Hmm.
- Do you have a vehicle?

- Ah, shit. Unfortunately...
- Yes, we do, outside.

Good. I'll get my keys.
You can follow me.

We could arrange an appointment
at a later date if you'd prefer.

But like I said, homes at Yonder

may not be available
for much longer.

- All right.
- It's not exactly

what we're looking for,
but, um...

- I suppose it's...
- Worth a look?

Good. We're all happy, then.


Martin, you are one strange
and persuasive motherfucker.

- Oh.
- Ready.

- Yeah, ready, yeah.
- Ready.

♪ Stop your runnin' about

♪ Stop your runnin' around

♪ Making trouble in the town

♪ Ah

♪ Rudy

♪ A message to you, Rudy

♪ A message to you

Okay. Here we go.

♪ A message to you, Rudy

♪ A message to you

- Okay.

- Let's get this over with.


- Welcome to Yonder.
- Thank you.

Number nine.

Many homes have the pretense
of being ideal.

But these homes
really are ideal.

Please go through.


- It's...
- Yeah.


The living room.
A room to live in.

Memories will be made
in the ample spaces

between these walls.


- It's good, it's good.

I love it.
I love the single hue.

- A welcome tipple.

- I'm... I'm driving.
- Mm.

- Perhaps a strawberry.
- Oh, no. I'm... I'm driving.

Blue for a boy.

You've got it all worked out.

Number nine
is not a starter home.

- This house is forever.
- Hmm.

A perfect environment
for a young family.

Do you have children?

No. Not yet.

No. Not yet.

The master bedroom.


If you follow me
to the back garden.

A haven of nature.

It's good, it's nice here.

- Yeah.
- If you wanna...

live here, it's a lot of space.

So, when're people due
to move in?






- His car's gone.
- Huh?

His car's gone.

Good. Now,
let's get the fuck out of here.

- Okie dokes.


- That guy was so strange.
- Yeah.

Wait. No, no, I don't think
this is the right way.

Yeah, this is the way
we came in.

No, is it?



What? You think
it was back there?

Yeah, I think it was back there.

Let me just see
what's around here, though.

Number nine again.

Did we just do
some kind of loop?

What the fuck?

Wait, did we...
Did we leave the door open?

How've we just...

You want me to drive?

- No, I'm good.
- Yeah? You're good?

'Cause I think we're literally
going in a circle.


All right.

Give me the wheel.


What difference
is that gonna make?

Okay. Come on. Give me a go.

- You wanna go?
- Yeah.

- You wanna go on the car?
- Yeah.

- What are you? Six?
- Yeah, I'm six.

- Come on, just move over.


I'll give you a go.

A little go of the car.

- Okay. Let's go.

Do you have your phone?



No, there's no coverage
on either of them.


- Tom.
- What?

Number fucking nine again.

- Hmm.
- Fuck this.

Ooh, you're not doing that
in my car.

- I'm opening the window.

You're such a jerk.

- One second, I'm stressed.

- Okay, let's go. Thank you.

Number nine.

Why the fuck do we keep seeing
number nine?

I haven't seen a single car.
There's nobody here.

- If I see another row...
- Okay, who the fuck...

- ...of green houses...
- ...would live in this place?

...I'm gonna lose my mind.

This shit is not possible, okay?

- It's not possible.
- We got in here...

Tom, we have gone this way.

- I have gone this way
that's...- All right, no, no, just...

- Just let me figure this out...
- ...where you took the wheel.

can you just listen to me once

I think we should take a left.

- I know what I'm doing.
- You've done this, like,

- five or six times now.
- I know what I'm doing.

- I know what I'm doing.

It just goes on and on and on.

It's empty.

- Oh, my God.



Let's go inside.

No taste.

I've never heard such silence.


Come here.

All right.
Hold the base with your foot.

Be careful.


Well, what do you see?

Tom, what do you see?

Hey, maybe...
Maybe we should follow the sun.

We'll cut through gardens,

we'll jump over fences, what...
Whatever it takes, all right?

We're gonna get out of here.

- Are you okay?


I... I've gotta stop.
I've gotta stop.

- Tom, there's a light.
- A light?

There's a light.

- Holy shit.
- Hello?


- Hello?

What's happening?

What the fuck?

Come back!

Come back!

Come back!



Come back!

What have you done?

I'm sending out a smoke signal.

Oh, my God.


It's a boy.

Someone must be watching.

There must be
someway out of here,

everywhere has a way out.

Yeah, well, maybe, Gemma,

if you didn't say no to every
other goddamn house

we looked at,
we wouldn't have ended up here.

So, I'm to blame?

How is this my fault, Tom?

I'm sorry, Gem, it's just
this place is making me crazy.

The food here
makes me feel sick.

Creepy little mutant.

Measure me.
Measure me, measure me.

Am I bigger today?

Yes. You're bigger today.

I grow fast as a dog.

That's right.

What is a dog?

We already told you
what a dog is.

- Woof, woof, woof!
- Yes. Woof, woof, woof, woof.

Are you overwhelmed again,

I am not your mother.

Who is my mother?

God knows.

Dog knows. Dog knows.

Yum yum.

I don't know why we do this.

They never seem to come
when we're waiting

to bash their brains out
with a pick.

- It's futile.
- Yeah.

Like putting an SOS on the roof

when planes never seem
to pass, right?



That boy is always watching.

That's not a boy.


Yeah, sure.

This is just pointless,
it's just weird muck.

The box is gone.

Did you... Did you move the box?

- Tell me.
- Where're the roots?

- Tom.
- Where's the subsoil?

- Where's anything?
- It's gone.

I was right here.

I was standing right here.
I was looking at the road.



- Stop!
- Gemma, please,

just let me dig, okay?

This is something I can do,
please just let me do this.

- You were digging all day.

- All day, Tom.
- Yeah.


It's got to have a bottom.

It's gotta... It's gotta lead

- to somewhere.
- Where?

I don't know.

- Australia.

Yeah, baby.

Or hell.


No, we're already there.

All right,
I'm gonna head back out.

Oh, well, wait for me,
I'll come with you.

No, you know what? We only
got the... the one spade.

Well, I could use the pick.

You know, it kinda comes off
in clumps now. But, thanks.

It's like a smell in this car.

It's not bad, it's just like...
It's like a real smell.

- Have you noticed that?
- Yeah.


I like it. I've just been...

breathing it in...

pretending that I'm home.

The battery's still good, Jesus.

♪ 007

♪ Rude boys cannot fail

- Tom.

Tom, you okay?

- Tom!

Are you all right?

Let me see.

Are you okay?

We can't be with you
all the time.

People like to be alone
sometimes, okay?

Do you understand?

Not being with each other
all the time.

Forget it.

- Goodnight.
- Goodnight, Mother.

I'm not your mother.

What the fuck?

What do you want? We fed you.

- What do you want?

Jesus! Say what you want.
What do you want?

Shut up. Shut up!

Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!

Gemma, please,
just let me do this, okay?

This is something I can do, just
please, Gemma, let me do this.

You're fucking disgusting.

Please, Gemma, just please.

Do you know that?

Just please let me do this.

- This is something I can do...
- You're fucking disgusting!

...please, Gemma, let me do...


It's okay.

I am fucking
disgusting, you know that?

I am fucking disgusting.

Are you gonna dig today?

Yeah. Yeah, I guess.

Do you feel like
you're making progress?


Yeah. So, I'm gonna, um...
I'm gonna get back to it.


What the fuck!

Go to bed.

Go to bed.

Listen to me. Go to bed.

Listen to me,

- go to bed.
- Stop!





- No.
- On.


What am I supposed to do
with him?



- What are you doing?

- Tom!

- I'm locking it up.

I'm gonna starve it.

- Tom. Tom.
- Gemma, stay!

All right. Get in. Come on.

- Give me the key.

- No, no. Get back in the house.
- Give me the key!

- Get back in the house!
- Tom. Tom!

- Gemma, come on.
- Tom, give me the key!

I am not looking after it, okay?

You will leave it there,
don't play with it,

don't feed it, don't have
anything to do with it.

- You will let it starve.
- Let me up!

Look, it has you acting
like you're its fucking mother,

okay, you're... You're putting it
to bed at night,

you're telling it
not to watch cartoons.

- Tom, let me up!

Look, I'm sorry, but I...
I will not let you help it.

Okay. If they don't want it
to die, they'll come for it.

It's up to them.

What if they don't come?

What are we supposed to do?

Do we just sit here
and we wait for him to die?

- It.
- What?

It. Not him.

Stop saying him.

If it dies,
maybe they'll let us go.


Hey, it's okay.

He's not gonna hurt you,
I promise.

You can come out.

I'm sorry.

Do you hear me?

I can hear you.

Do you hear me?

I can hear you.

He'll get tired soon.

And he'll go to sleep.

You should go to sleep, too.

Have a dream.

What's a dream?

It's, um...

It's like all sorts of moving
pictures in your mind,

but no one else can see them.

I've never had a dream.


close your eyes and try.

Whoever's on the other side,

can you hear me?
I know you can hear me.

Can you hear me?

I know you're out there.

What lovely sky we have.

It is lovely to live
under a lovely sky

and a lovely house with
lovely houses all around us.

You are such a mystery.

You're a mystery
and I'm gonna solve you.

I'm a mystery. I'm a mystery.

Do you see that cloud?

What's that cloud
in the shape of?

A cloud.

That's right.

Do you see that other cloud?


What's that cloud
in the shape of?

- A cloud.
- Yes.

Another cloud-shaped cloud.

All the clouds here
are shaped like clouds.

Perfect, sickening...

little clouds.

Do you like clouds?

Where I come from...

clouds come in all shapes
and sizes,

some of them look like faces

and some of them look like dogs.

Woof, woof!

Did you see the boy?


- He's gone missing.
- Well...

so have we.

- Hello!

- Where are you?

Where did you go?

Where were you today?

I'm solving a mystery.


What did you discover?


Lots? Like what?

Lots and lots.

Did you meet anyone when
you were solving the mystery?

I met you when I was finished.

Did you meet anyone else?

Anyone you've never met before?


I'm not allowed to say.

Let's play a game.

Let's play pretend.

Pretend to be me.


Can you pretend to be Tom?

Gemma, stay!

- Will I do a dog?
- Yes, please.

Is there anyone else you can do?

Someone you met today?

Pretend to be that person.

Are you overwhelmed again,

I am not your mother.

Are you overwhelmed?

I want... to go home.

Silly Mother, you are home.


You're welcome.

Do you mean that?

Or is that sarcasm?
Are you being sarcastic?


But you don't really mean
that I'm welcome, right?

I was being polite.

Why are you being polite?

Is it fear?



You need to eat something.

I'll try.

Thank you.

What's wrong?

Why didn't I let you kill him
when he was young?

Because you're a...
You're a good person.


You like playing this game,
don't you?

- Tom!

- Gemma.


- Gemma!


- Gemma!


- Tom!







It's locked.

- Hey, open the door!

Let us in.

Open! Open the door!

Open the door!



- Tom.



Please, please, please.
You need to help us,

'cause he's getting sicker
and sicker.

Please, you can't leave him
this way.

You know, maybe it's time
he was released.

Do you remember...

the wind...


Before we got here.


The wind was great.

I never realized
how much I liked it.

I'm glad that guy stood you up.

You looked so glum.

I didn't know if it was okay

for me to go over
and, like, talk to you.

You looked so glum, so cute.

I can't even remember
what I said.

You didn't say anything,
you just...

stood next to me.

Oh, shit.

That's creepy.

You told me I looked like
I needed a drink.

- You did.
- Mm-hmm.

You said I looked like
I needed one too.


And then I can't...

I can't remember what happened
after that.

I guess we drank.


We drank and...

we drank.


Tom... what happened then?

Then I...

I must have fallen over...

and woken up on... on your couch.

The sun was in my eyes,
I couldn't see anything.

I didn't know where I was.

You looked like you came
out of the sun.

I could just
see your silhouette.

And then when I...
I finally saw you...

I realized where I was.

And then you spoke to me.

What did I say?

You asked me if I wanted
some scrambled eggs.


And that was that.


That was that.

I kinda felt like I was home...

because of you.

I'm... I'm home right now.






What am I?

What is this?

What am I in this?

You are a mother.

- A mother?
- Yes.

Someone who prepares her son
for the world.

What does a mother do then?

She dies.

You go to sleep now.

Have a nice dream.

All we wanted...

-was a home.

Silly Mother.

You are home.

I'm not your fucking mother.


I said...

I am not your fucking mother.


♪ No

♪ No

♪ A little girl asked me

♪ Uh-uh-uh-oh

♪ A little girl asked me

♪ Where you part your hair

♪ A little boy asked me

♪ A little boy asked me

♪ Where you put your vote

♪ God asked me

♪ Where you put your world

♪ Just a complicated game