Gray House

Austin Lynch, Matthew Booth / 2018 / 75 minutes

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. A seamless blend of documentary and narrative form, the film mixes appearances by Denis Lavant, Aurore Clément, and Dianna Molzan with direct addresses from real-life laborers and inmates. Mysterious, yet marked by an aesthetic and sensory unity, Gray House meditates upon nature, isolation, decadence, and destitution, quietly recalibrating one’s perception of the world.

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

    — Joshua Oppenheimer, Director of The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence
  • "A majestic and powerful work. Lynch and Booth lead the audience to strange and terrific places."

    — David Tasman, Frieze
  • "Quietly arresting. Examines both the beauty and despair of human solitude."

    — Guy Lodge, Variety
  • "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
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