DVD Release: The Tenants

DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: Global Film Initiative

The Tenants

Marat Descartes watches his neighborhood turn ugly in The Tenants.

Directed by Sergio Bianchi, The Tenants is a 2009 drama-thriller film from Brazil that zeroes in on the tensions that mount in a once-tranquil neighborhood when the wrong kind of neighbors move into development.

Despite a recent wave of violent crime in the city, manual laborer and night student Valter (Marat Descartes) lives a relatively content life with wife (Ana Carbatti) and two children in working-class São Paulo. But when three young criminals move in next door, a bunker mentality sets in and Valter soon discovers he is not the only one perversely affected by the mounting chaos of a city under siege, or the unsettling presence of his new neighbors.

The Tenants (or Os Inquilinos in its native Portuguese) played a host of film festivals in North and South America along with a run in theaters in its Brazil.

Presented in Portuguese with English subtitles, the DVD of the unrated movie contains no bonus features.

You can check out the trailer at Global Film Initiative’s site here.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.