Ramin Bahrani – 99 Homes (2014)


Around the world everyone knows that honest hard work gets you nowhere. In sunny Orlando, Florida, construction worker Dennis Nash learns this the hard way when he is evicted from his home by a charismatic, gun-toting real-estate broker, Rick Carver. Humiliated and homeless, Nash has no choice but to move his mom and nine-year old son into a shabby, dangerous motel. All is lost. Until an unexpected opportunity arises for Nash to strike a deal with the devil – he begins working for Carver in a desperate attempt to get his home back. Carver seduces Nash into a risky world of scamming and stealing from the banks and the government; he teaches Nash how the rich get richer. Living a double life, Nash hides his new boss and job from his family. He rises fast and makes real money; he dreams bigger. But there is a cost. On Carver’s orders, Nash must evict honest families from their homes – just as it happened to him. Nash’s conscience starts tearing him apart… but his son needs a home.



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  • Gene

    According to a friend, this one makes a good companion piece to “The Big Short” (up for ‘Best Picture’ at the Oscars this year, and if not the year’s best film than arguably its most important one), in terms of aiding our understanding of the huge mess that torpedoed our economy starting around 2008. Bahrani has done some very good work previously: check out “Chop Shop”, from a few years ago.