The Irish Mail on Sunday - - MORE | FILM - Christo­pher Bray

With fine per­for­mances and beau­ti­ful cam­er­a­work, The

Neigh­bour (15) ★★★★ is one of the year’s best thrillers. Wil­liam Ficht­ner plays Mike, a mid­dle-aged green-fin­gered type try­ing to ig­nore his fears that his life is, well, a tad dull. A young cou­ple move in next door and Mike is charmed when the wife, Jenna (Jes­sica McNamee), asks for help with her own gar­den. Alas, her hus­band, Scott (Michael Rosen­baum) be­comes jeal­ous... If things go awry in writer/di­rec­tor Aaron Har­vey’s high-in­ten­sity, slow-burn tale in the last act, that’s be­cause the pres­sures of plot get in the way of the study of char­ac­ter. For­get Matt Da­mon. For­get John Malkovich. The most tal­ented Mr Ri­p­ley there’s ever been is Den­nis Hop­per in Wim Wen­ders’s The

Amer­i­can Friend (12) ★★★★★, from 1977. Granted, Hop­per doesn’t look much like Ri­p­ley in his beat-up den­ims and cow­boy hat but he gets Ri­p­ley’s se­duc­tive, ne’er-do-well charm off pat. Re­mas­tered in 4K, Wen­ders’s pic­ture has never looked bet­ter. Must-see of the week is Mark Cousins’s scin­til­lat­ing doc­u­men­tary

The Eyes Of Or­son Welles (12) ★★★★★. This touch­ing in­tro­duc­tion to Welles’s vis­ual ge­nius is it­self a treat to look at.

GAR­DEN FENCE THRILLER: Jenna (Jes­sica McNamee) in The Neigh­bour

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