The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival



Plunge into the unknown with Vivarium, a new sci-fi thriller from Lorcan Finnegan.

Hoping to find the perfect place to live, a couple travel to a suburban neighbourhood in which all the houses look identical. But when they try to leave the labyrinth-like development, each road mysteriously takes them back to where they started. Caught in this loop, the two realize their search for a dream home has led them into a terrifying nightmare.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, Vivarium had its world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

“Through focused storytelling, expansive imagination and some calibrated madness, Vivarium becomes a wild ride within the confines of a nightmarish lifestyle.” – Nick Allen,

“It is a superior genre piece at heart, but elevated by its high-calibre leads Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg, plus a script rich in political and cultural resonance.” – Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

“A low-key science-fiction thriller whose obvious existential themes are well-served by a clever, confident execution that finds new ways to explore the hells of parenthood, commitment and ageing.” – Tim Grierson, Screen International