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Plot:

It tells the story of a middle aged woman with small children whose life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street.

Also Known As: The Neighbors' Window, A Janela dos Vizinhos, Окно напротив

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  • sanna-keinanen
    sanna keinanen

    Marshall Curry’s Oscar winning short is a well crafted film. Beautifully shot, we experience the neighbors’ eventful narrative along with Alli (Maria Dizzia), an angry, frustrated voyeur who evolves to experience empathy and compassion. Understated sound design compliments Dizzia’s heart felt performance.Although there is nothing particularly original within the story – the trajectory of the dual narratives is easily perceptible, so no big surprises – the film lingers, heartening you to reflect upon and appreciate those you love.

  • darinka-godec
    darinka godec

    I’ve listened to the Radiolab podcast and I think this short could have been pulled off much better. A couple notes:Comparison is the thief of joyEveryone is one moment away from their worst days of their livesExtraordinary stories are everywhere, your innocuous neighbor isn’t so plain and boring upon second examination

  • emidio-mancini
    emidio mancini

    Two families can watch each one what’s going on into the other’s apartment, their windows faithfully capturing everything. And a lot happens in each apartment, a whole life of joys and sorrows, of enthusiasms and regrets. But every family sees only what they want to see, only what each one’s heart dictates to be seen. The story is told straightforward, letting us draw the conclusions. And each of us will retain only what she or he wants to retain, according to each one’s heart.A 20 minutes movie with a gorgeous cinematography that gives a coregraphic rhythm to the whole, subtly transforming the story in some sort of a morality tale.

  • johannes-erlandsson
    johannes erlandsson

    The Neighbor’s Window is an Academy Award Nominated short film directed by Marshall Curry. The short film showcases a story of two different lives. One being an older couple that is probably at the middle stage of their life and their whole world revolves around their kids. Their fun is seemingly drained and the couples sexual spark has all but vanished. The other being a new couple, seemingly at the height of their lives. They move into a brand new apartment, they are probably in their early 20s and they have their whole life ahead of them to have fun. However, tragedy strikes for the young couple as the husband dies from cancer. The two families, who live across the street from each other look into the other’s window in a voyeuristic stunt which leads to both parties having jealousy for the other.

  • pani-blanka-dominczak
    pani blanka dominczak

    “The Neighbors’ Window” is an English-language live action short film from 2019 that runs for slightly over 20 minutes and took home the Oscar last night. It was probably not the very best year for the category this time as there was only one nominated film (the Belgian) that really stood out for me and this one here is probably in 3rd place for the nominees. It may have helped that it was the only American entry in the English language. The writer (who adapted the Diana Weipert short story) and director is Marshall Curry and usually in this category, most of the filmmakers are rookies, but the opposite is true for him. He has 2 nominations for full feature documentaries already and another for documentary short, but last night was his first for a live action movie (even if it is not entirely fictitious). You can really structure this film into two parts. I am hesitant to say “halves” because the first “half” was much longer. At the center of the film, we have a couple around the age of 40. They have three children and the magic is kinda gone and stress is very dominant in their lives. As we find out about them, we also find out that there is an apartment nearby that has new tenants (D’Onofrio fans will understand the Oscar-related reference) and they are the exact opposite. Not only are they living quite the life that consists mostly of sleeping and amazing parties with many friends, but also their sex life is as good as it gets as we find out they make passionate love all the time and don’t care one bit for the neighbors to see them. It is definitely not meant in a provoking way. The latter also results in the most frequent running gag in this movie, namely the voyeurism component coming into play and the two not so passionate protagonists keep watching what the neighbors are doing. Just out of curiousity and jealousy though and not really for any creepy reasons. They certainly wish they could be a bit like them again. The female protagonist especially grabbing the binoculars to see what is going on exactly made many people chuckle during my showing.However, things do get more serious eventually as we find out that the protagonist shaved his hair after a considerable time of absence and everybody in the audience understood much more quickly than the characters from the movie that it must be cancer. There is not much time wasted afterwards as we see him in bed struggling and how his friends come by to bid him farewell as the illness is killing him. So obviously, all the envy the older couple may have had early on is gone now, even if the longer the film goes, the more it focuses on the female protagonist, simply because she is at home while her man is working. No bigger reason than that and it also seems the husband lost more and more interest in the neighbors eventually, especially compared to early on when they almost seem to make sure they get home quickly to see what is going on in the neighbors’ window. The big highlight of the movie is the scene outside when we see the deceased being taken away and the female protagonist comforts the deceased’s significant other. It was okay closure I’d say. However, I really struggled with the idea that the widow now starts elaborating on how they thought what amazing neighbors they had as they knew about the kids and everything, so they were basically watching them too, at least slightly, the other way around. This did not feel too realistic to me. They seemed to have no connection. They did not invite the other to the many parties. They did not know anything about the young kids. And most of all, they never looked at each other while looking on the other. I mean it must have happened at some point in the past, so the idea of the two women somewhat having a connection was not one that made too much sense to me. of course, I don’t know how much happened in reality here and how much is fictitious, but I did not like the final scene that much. Nonetheless, technically and story-wise it is a decent achievement overall. I really liked how they managed to get the audience involved and show us that we are just as much in the voyeur spot as the protagonists as we were much more curious about what is going on in the neighbors’ window than what is going on in the apartment with the two 40-year-olds. I guess this applied to pretty much everybody in my showing and it seems it also applied to many Academy members who went for this one. Overall, I give it a thumbs-up, but I think the Oscar nomination was enough, the win is a bit exaggerated. That good it is not. Still watch, already for the pretty cool “Gettin’ jiggy with it” reference.

  • t-at-os-poghpatyan
    t at os poghpatyan

    First off, this was the weakest Oscar short this year, so that likely contributes to my “meh” reaction to it.This is just a movie about a middle-class couple with several kids living in an American city, longing for the child-free lifestyle exhibited by their neighbor. A naive story pulled from Diane Weipert (boy life sure is short! it took my neigbor’s death to remind me of that!) with its ending changed by Marshall Curry (they never talked to their neighbor/the neighbor didn’t know of the family’s existence– but sure, we’ll make this about you), twisted into the silliest message we’re all aware of: time short. embrace the now.Duh.No introspection about whether they should’ve had that many kids if they’re that consistently miserable. No noticing that they have it pretty good if they’re able to afford that place that close to the city. No thinking about how other people have their own problems all the time, even if they’re not in front of you in full display like animals at a zoo.So picture this whole story unfolding… ending… and then go into literally any of the other Oscar nominated movies that didn’t win: maybe the true story about girls burning alive in an over-crowded orphanage run by abusive guards and dismissive government, or the one about the woman in an abusive relationship barely making it away with her life, or the father who accidentally reported his son to the authorities for thinking he’d joined ISIS.And then remember that THIS uninspired, disconnected, naive sludge of a movie got the Oscar instead. Let’s just be done with them already.

  • tammy-stewart
    tammy stewart

    A 20 minute story with an impact! The dialog is minimal and the ‘neighbors’ are never heard. But the emotional impact of what you watch covers a vast spectrum.This short film is all about envy, emptiness, and empathy. Watch this expertly acted and crafted story. I had tears at the end.

  • michael-cohen
    michael cohen

    This could easily be call Front Window. There are 2 couples living across the street, both without window coverings. The story is told mostly from the viewpoint of a 30-something couple, with twin toddlers and a new baby. A 20-something couple moves into the other apartment, and are having uninhibited sex and parties, which makes the older couple nostalgic about their former days. But as a year passes, the situation changes.I like and recommend this short, but the missing piece about WHY the situation changed gnaws at me, hence I am giving it only an 8.

  • raymond-stanley-townsend
    raymond stanley townsend

    Please watch it. You really deserve to see it. All of these only in 20 mins just wow I’m really amazed

  • marika-kikas
    marika kikas

    A great deep look at regret and cherishing what you achieved in life. Don’t forget that it’s not a major feature-length production film! it’s a short film! It could be better in some degrees but it conveys its message greatly. Academy awards picked it correctly.8.3/10

  • t-at-os-shalavasyan
    t at os shalavasyan

    It slightly reminded me of Hitchcock’s Rear Window. On one hand, it summarizes life pretty well, one minute you’re having crazy wild sex not caring if the whole world is watching and then you blink and voilá, have kids, a house to pay, and your life becames monotonous and boring and it seems you’re just waiting for death to arrive. On the other hand, you may seem you have it all, either kids, husband, house or parties, boyfriend and a house) but there’s always something missing as nothing can be perfect in this world. I really enjoyed it. the story is good and well written and the cast have very good performances! Congratulations to Curry for yet another Oscar nomination and I recommend you go see it!

  • kenneth-gulbrandsen
    kenneth gulbrandsen

    I believed this was the weakest of the five Oscar-nominated shorts, but I believe this will be the winner. It strikes a lovely tone. The film is a familiar concept of voyeurism anchored by an amazing performance by Maria Dizzia. The performance by the husband, unfortunately, was leagues worse. The story plays out as expected and culminates in an unlikely (and corny) confrontation between two people from two not-so-surprisingly not-so-different worlds.

  • robert-ross
    robert ross

    Greetings again from the darkness. Every parent with young kids has been there. That feeling of exhaustion … a sense of frustration and being beaten down. It’s not about loving your kids, because you absolutely do. It’s simply the nagging feeling that your own self is slipping away. Your “fun” self is giving way to someone in the mirror you don’t recognize.With two young kids and a third on the way, Alli (Maria Dizzia, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, 2011) and her husband Jacob (Greg Keller) epitomize the thirty-something couple described above. When a young couple moves in and proceeds to ‘christen’ their new apartment … an apartment without curtains that is directly across the courtyard, Alli and Jacob come face-to-face with their reality. They are now adults whose ‘wild’ nights are fading memories.Filmmaker Marshall Curry creates a believable and relatable situation – one that will have viewers either nodding affirmatively with how they react, or putting on some holier-than-thou huffiness trying to convince us they’d never stoop to this. The brilliant thing about Curry’s film is that none of that matters. The point being made goes much deeper than peeping.Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW is the most famous cinematic example of voyeurism, but in this one, Curry isn’t trying to solve a crime or expose questionable behavior. Instead, he is displaying adulthood for us. It’s a lesson in coveting the life of others. Most of the film takes place in an apartment, although there is a beautiful city lights shot when Alli steps onto the balcony. There is little surprise that this 20 minute short is Oscar nominated, since what begins with the bickering between two parents evolves into a life lesson most of us learn the hard way … though perhaps not as hard as Curry’s way.

  • sarah-daniels
    sarah daniels

    One of the best short-film ever composed, created, acted and directed. This short teach us all an important lesson of life, even if it is simple, but just as a reminder that we’re on this earth to enjoy everything we possibly can. Amazing direction, simple, but impactful, as well as the well-written-story itself portrayed by amazing actors. Beautifully crafted.