Synopsis
 

HOUSE FOR SALE is not a film about real estate or a sales transaction. It’s about the meaning of home. More precisely, it’s about the desire to be at home with someone and build a life with them. ‘Home’ in that sense is based on love and an emotional connection and not a place. However, “marriage” has become the ultimate expression of the idea as it symbolises two people who officially declare that they belong with one another and want to create a home and a life together “until death do us part”. And so begins happily ever after...


HOUSE FOR SALE challenges the traditional bourgeois concept of marriage and home by introducing a character that anything but typical, one that questions the heteronormative institution. The main character SALIM does not fit into any traditional mould as a romantic hero/ine. S/he is transgender, s/he is South Asian, s/he is almost always left out. Salim presents himself as male and as female, transitioning between both genders throughout the film and skirting his own dual nature in a fairly conservative white middle class suburb from which s/he is excluded. S/he is therefore left to feel alienated and alone and must struggle to belong and find love that is open-minded, and most importantly, one that is lasting and real.


At heart, HOUSE FOR SALE ‘transcends‘ gender, race and sexuality and addresses the universal need for belonging and for companionship no matter how it may appear and in all its diverse forms. It’s also a story of secrets and betrayal and the meaning of true commitment in relationships which requires one to be honest about who they are to themselves and to those they love. And ultimately it’s about choosing integrity and truth over romantic ideals of love and (be)longing.


- Eisha Marjara

SALIM asks himself when he shows up posing as a home buyer at a suburban house that is up for sale.  As the owner’s wife gives him a tour of the place, he recalls one memorable night when a fatal promise was made.  

HOUSE FOR SALE is a film that exposes the bonds that are built in public and behind closed doors and unravels the complicated negotiations of desire and commitment.
“What 
the 
hell 
am 
I 
doing here?”