“Something is broken in them.” Premiering at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, THE LODGERS is a Gothic ghost story about a twin brother and sister who are forbidden from ever leaving their haunted home and the deadly outcome of one of them falling in love with an outsider.
1920, rural Ireland. Orphaned twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence which enforces three rules upon the twins: they must be in bed by midnight; they may not permit an outsider past the threshold; if one attempts to escape, the life of the other is placed in jeopardy. When troubled war veteran Sean returns to the nearby village, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious Rachel, who in turn begins to break the rules set out by the ghostly tormentors. The consequences pull Rachel into a deadly confrontation with her brother – and with the curse that haunts them.