The Gift (2015)
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Not every gift is welcome. strongThe Giftstrong is a 2015 American-Australian psychological thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Joel Edgerton in his directorial debut, and co-produced by Jason Blum and Rebecca Yeldham. The film stars Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall as a couple intimidated by a past figure played by Edgerton. It was released in the United States on August 7, 2015, by STX Entertainment. The film received critical acclaim and box office receipts of $59 million over a $5 million budget. span style=font-size:14px;strongPlotstrongspan A married couple, Simon and Robyn Callem, relocate from Chicago to a Los Angeles suburb after Simon takes a new job. While out shopping, they run into Gordon quot;Gordoquot; Moseley, Simon#39;s former high school classmate. Gordo begins dropping in unannounced and delivering gifts including koi for their pond. He makes Simon uncomfortable, but Robyn sees no problem. Gordo invites the couple to his large and elegant home. He receives a phone call and leaves abruptly, making Simon more suspicious. When he returns, Simon tells him to stay away from his family. The next day, Robyn finds the koi dead and their dog missing. Simon drives to Gordo#39;s house to confront him, but discovers it is not actually his home. In the days following, Robyn suspects she is not alone in the house while Simon is at work. Unable to sleep, she steals prescription pills from her neighbor and one morning faints. The dog returns and Robyn receives a letter of apology from Gordo. She is puzzled by his writing that he was quot;willing to let bygones be bygonesquot;. Simon says he does not know what it refers to and refuses to make peace with Gordo, telling Robyn that her pills are making her paranoid. Robyn becomes pregnant. At her baby shower, Simon#39;s sister tells her that, at school, Simon and his friend Greg reported that Gordo was being molested. Gordo was bullied afterwards and had to transfer. Robyn finds Greg, who reveals that the molestation story was fabricated by Simon, who was a bully with a quot;real mean streak.quot; As a result of the story, Gordo#39;s father thought he was homosexual and nearly killed him, before shipping him off to military school. When asked why Simon would do such a thing, Greg replies quot;because he could.quot; Robyn searches Simon#39;s home office and discovers that he has run background checks on Gordo and someone named Danny McDonald. Robyn learns Simon has beaten Danny for a promotion after troubling information was revealed from Danny#39;s previous job. Robyn confronts Simon about Gordo, but he denies responsibility. Simon angrily blames Robyn#39;s suggestions of reconciliation on her own past traumas of being bullied at school. At Robyn#39;s behest, Simon tracks down Gordo and half-heartedly apologizes, but Gordo does not accept his apology. Furious, Simon attacks him. Simon#39;s promotion party is interrupted by Danny, who says Simon fabricated the information that ruined his career. Robyn goes into labor and gives birth to a boy. The next morning, Simon receives a call from his boss telling him that his fraud has been discovered and he will be fired. Robyn tells him that she wants to separate. Simon goes home and finds another gift box, containing footage of Gordo preparing to sexually assault Robyn after she fainted months earlier. Meanwhile, Gordo visits Robyn in the hospital to congratulate her, wearing his arm in a sling; he tells her Simon injured him. Simon rushes to the hospital but misses Gordo. Gordo calls him soon after, taunting him, refusing to confirm whether he raped Robyn, and admonishing him for his lies. Robyn, furious, refuses to let Simon see the baby. With his life and marriage destroyed, Simon breaks down. Gordo watches through a window and walks away, removing his arm sling.
A husband and wife try to reinvigorate their relationship but their lives are threatened by a "friend" from the husband's past who holds a horrifying secret about him, sending their world into a tailspin.
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