Gray House

United States / 2017 / 75 minutes / NR

A silent fisherman in Texas, a blazing oil field in North Dakota, a mysterious community in Virginia, a women’s prison in Oregon, and a modernist home in California are the ostensible subjects of Austin Lynch and Matthew Booth’s new feature, Gray House. But these explorations of sound, image, and cinematic time seamlessly blend documentary and narrative form, meditating upon nature, isolation, decadence, and destitution. Mysterious and elusive, yet possessing an aesthetic and sensory unity (appearances by Denis Lavant, Aurore Clément, and Dianna Molzan mix with direct addresses from real-life laborers and inmates), Gray House quietly recalibrates one’s sense of the world and our place within it.

  • Director

    Austin Lynch Matthew Booth

  • Producer

    Austin Lynch
    Sabrina S. Sutherland
    Jeremy Alter
    Elda Bravo
    Joe Graham-Felsen

  • Cast

    Denis Lavant
    Aurore Clément
    Dianna Molzan

  • "Beguilingly beautiful. Haunting, unsettling. Astounding."

    — Joshua Oppenheimer, Director of The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence
  • "Quietly arresting. Examines both the beauty and despair of human solitude."

    — Guy Lodge, Variety
  • "Gray House is a majestic and powerful work and within its structure and imagery, rather than plot or narrative, is where meaning is found. Lynch and Booth lead the audience to strange and terrific places."

    — David Tasman, Frieze
  • "Paints an expression of the human experience, from toil to tranquility, with strikingly beautiful photography and haunting ambiguity."

    — Sophie Brown, Dazed
  • "Haunting and audacious. Lynch and Booth take us to places we’ve likely never been and might never have seen were it not for their curiosity and insight, making the invisible visible in a way that is both deeply disturbing and profoundly moving."

    — Angeline Gragásin, Screen Slate
  • "[An] astonishing use of cinematic language to create a profound sense of human isolation."

    — CPH:DOX