Repossession

The horror film is on the festival circuit now. It features two directors, Goh Ming Siu and Scott C. Hillyard, working together and it seems like they liked it so much that they are going to do it again.

With all its layers and delicacies within the story it makes sense that you needed two brains and sets of eyes working on the construction of Repossession.

On one level it is a story about a 50-year-old man living in Singapore who provides a very comfortable standard of living for his family. When Jim (Gerald Chew – The Tattooist, Apprentice) suddenly loses his job things change quickly. He keeps the fact that he lost his job secret from his family, thinking he can find another quickly. That is not the case so he ends up working for a Uber-like ride service. Obviously he is not making the kind of money he used to and so the bills pile up. So much so that he is in danger of having their condo repossessed.

While the stress of his money problems are happening, Jim tries to keep hold of his economic status desperately. His state of distress seems to bring up elements from his past. They don’t seem of this world either. Demon-like. Past and present seem to meet with secrets from the past rear their ugly and frightening head.

With its mixing of genres (horror and social commentary), Repossession is a film which is in constant movement without really accelerating its pace. Things are swirling around and we are kept guessing. Are these demons or ghosts living inside each one of us? Can they appear during times of stress.

Interesting social commentary about Singapore society here. How important money and status is. The shame that comes from having it then losing it. How people are in a constant state of worry about losing their job. How the job market seems unstable with corporations often laying off people. Also, how, with the jobs disappearing, there seems to be ageism in operation as older people are the first let go.

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