Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots in a scene from "Vivarium."
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It's tempting to imagine that "Vivarium," Lorcan Finnegan's sci-fi escapade, arose from a joke, maybe stewed in the 2008 financial crisis.Co-written with Garret Shanley, Finnegan's sophomore feature is premised on Gemma and Tom (Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg) and an afternoon of house-hunting that goes terribly wrong.In an early foreshadowing conversation, Gemma console a student who's found a couple of dead chicks beneath a tree -- shoved out of their nest, Gemma supposes, by a cuckoo hatchling.Tom uses the box to set the house alight.Growing faster than a human child, the infant quickly becomes an Asperger syndrome boy that, when not mimicking Tom and Gemma, howls aggressively to be fed.If nothing else, "Vivarium" offers an amusing theory on the true nature of estate agents.
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