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Director: Ursula Meier, Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet, Adélaïde Leroux

Cast: Ursula Meier, Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet, Adélaïde Leroux

 

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Experience an enthralling, captivating, and inspiring view of our world's wonder with award-winning aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Narrator Glenn Close is your guide for this spectacular voyage around our Home, a uniquely breathtaking flight you’ll want to enjoy it time and time again.An entire household is caught in traffic thanks to the opening of

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Experience an enthralling, captivating, and inspiring view of our world's wonder with award-winning aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Narrator Glenn Close is your guide for this spectacular voyage around our Home, a uniquely breathtaking flight you’ll want to enjoy it time and time again.An entire household is caught in traffic thanks to the opening of a new super-highway in this satiric comedy drama from Swiss filmmaker Ursula Meier. Marthe (Isabelle Huppert) and her husband (Olivier Gourmet) live in a small home in rural France with their three children. The family values their peace and quiet, except for oldest daughter Judith (Adélaïde Leroux), who has a fondness for cranking heavy metal music as she relaxes in her lawn chair. While construction on a highway near the house began years ago, the progress has been so slow that Marthe and her family have all but forgotten about it. But once the road is opened, they're suddenly subjected to a nonstop barrage of noise, exhaust, and all the stress that comes with it, and the relative calm of the household decays into chaos as Marthe is driven to a nervous breakdown. Home was screened as part of the Critics' Week program at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
An ominous and foreboding quality -- a sense of menace -- lingers in the background of Ursula Meier's Home. Some reviews have interpreted the film as blackly comic or satirical, but there is little humorous about it. Instead, apocalypse seems to be ever-present on the horizon, and Meier's approach involves bringing the terrors of that tumult into the middle of a French family, and making it palpable for the audience. The movie is difficult to pinpoint at first -- perhaps because it resists genre classification as a comedy or a traditional drama -- but it ultimately recalls such predecessors as Todd Haynes's Safe (1995), Henry Bean's Noise (2007), and -- if you stretch it -- Lynne Littman's 1983 nuclear holocaust drama, Testament. Like those earlier films, Home weaves the tale of ordinary people at the mercy of a social threat far greater than themselves, and one seemingly unstoppable, that may eventually rip them to pieces. The unnamed family in question, though, is far from a traditional lot. Eccentrics and proud of it, they live miles outside the reach of contemporary society, in picturesque French fields alongside a completely abandoned highway -- so abandoned that not a single car has passed for years. They've essentially turned their home and the surrounding territory (including the asphalt, which they use for street hockey) into a kind of isolated utopia. The conflict surfaces when a French administrative body authorizes the use of the road for public transportation -- which sends dozens of construction workers and eventually thousands of cars whizzing by, and generates such deafening noise that it threatens to drive the family into collective madness. One of Meier's mistakes involves her failure to answer certain questions about the clan in question -- notably how they ever arrived in this odd locale, and what the father does for regular income. These and other basic narrative details need to be filled in for the remainder of the story to succeed as well as it potentially could. Moreover, it was probably not the best choice to begin with a family so removed from mainstream ethics and lifestyles that we have trouble relating to them to begin with; for instance, they react so casually to full-frontal nudity that the fully developed teenage daughter takes baths with her preadolescent brother and the mother and father scarcely bat an eyelash. The fact that we begin with people who already seem to march to the beat of their own drum lessens the horror of what eventually transpires; it would be far scarier (comparatively speaking) to see a conventional French family from a rural environment assaulted by the onslaught of Gallic car culture. What does make the movie work, to a degree, is the sense of love that binds these family members together -- they obviously share deep-rooted emotional and experiential bonds with one another, a quality evident from the opening sequences. That sense does contrast neatly with the horrors that befall the family when chaos sets in, simply because the constant barrage of noise begins to cause fractions and schisms between the parents and children that are painful to watch. Meier paints the descent into distraught behavior in fully credible, gradual strokes, so that it creeps up on us as coolly and unassumingly as it does to the family -- and she never lets them fall into unbridled madness, which keeps the onscreen behavior relatable. Meier seems to be working not merely beyond the confines of genre here, but beyond the confines of traditional character establishment and development -- she doesn't want to tell the stories of these individuals, she wants to make an allegorical statement about the depersonalization and inherent madness of contemporary European society, with its technological (and mechanical) overload, its depersonalized lightning pace, and its social compartmentalization. To a surprising extent, this succeeds. The film may be eccentric and flawed, but it is never, even for a second, boring. And it does deliver a powerful blow to our day-to-day conventions by reminding the audience of life's greatest priorities, and the external elements that may seep in and threaten to obfuscate them.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
UPC:
0738329070120
Original Release:
2008
Source:
Lorber Films (Kino)
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
71,257

Special Features

"Sleepless" - a short film by Ursula Meier; Interview with Ursula Meier and cinematographer Agnes Godard; Theatrical trailer; Stills gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Huppert Marthe
Olivier Gourmet Michel
Adélaïde Leroux Judith,Participant
Madeleine Budd Marion,Participant
Kacey Mottet Klein Julien,Participant
Yann Arthus-Bertrand Commentary
Denis Carot Commentary
Isabelle Delannoy Commentary
Tewfik Fares Commentary

Technical Credits
Ursula Meier Director,Screenwriter
Thomas Alfandari Production Manager
Étienne Curchod Sound Editor
Denis Delcampe Producer
Denis Freyd Producer
François Gedigier Editor
Agnès Godard Cinematographer
Antoine Jaccoud Screenwriter
Olivier Lorelle Screenwriter
Yvan Niclass Production Designer
Franco Piscopo Sound Mixer
Nelly Quettier Editor
Susanna Rossberg Editor
Partick Sandrin Executive Producer
Mathieu Schiffman Asst. Director
Thierry Spicher Producer
Elena Tatti Producer
Gilles Taurand Screenwriter
Isabelle Truc Associate Producer
Raphaëlle Valbrune Screenwriter
Anna Van Bree Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniele Vuarin Makeup
Alice Winocour Screenwriter
Luc Yersin Sound/Sound Designer
Arlette Zylberberg Associate Producer
Armand Amar Score Composer
Luc Besson Producer
Denis Carot Producer
Jean de Tregomain Production Manager
Dorothee Martin Asst. Director
Ivan Niclass Set Decoration/Design
Tanguy Thuaud Camera Operator
Yen Le Van Editor

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