I Want to Go Home

I Want to Go Home

Director: Alain Resnais

Cast: Adolph Green, Gérard Depardieu, Linda Lavin

     
 
American humorist Jules Feiffer and French director Alain Resnais are oddly paired for this satirical comedy about an American cartoonist in Paris. Adolph Green is a stunner as Joey Wellman, a cantankerous American cartoonist traveling abroad for the first time. In tow is Lena Apthrop (Linda Lavin), and the two are ostensibly journeying to Paris to attend a

Overview

American humorist Jules Feiffer and French director Alain Resnais are oddly paired for this satirical comedy about an American cartoonist in Paris. Adolph Green is a stunner as Joey Wellman, a cantankerous American cartoonist traveling abroad for the first time. In tow is Lena Apthrop (Linda Lavin), and the two are ostensibly journeying to Paris to attend a comic-strip exhibition in which Wellman's work is included. But it turns out the exhibition is just an excuse for Wellman to track down his errant daughter Elsie (Laura Benson), who has left Cleveland to take up literature at the Sorbonne. Her professor, Christian Gauthier (Gerard Depardieu) happens to be a big fan of Wellman, and he corrals the cartoonist and Lena to go to the fashionable country estate of his mother Isabelle (Micheline Presle), who tries to put up with her son's American friends.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fans of director Alain Resnais will desperately search I Want to Go Home to find a gem hidden beneath its obnoxious surface, but it's doubtful that even the most dedicated searcher will be able to convince himself that the extremely talented Resnais did not come a cropper with Home. Home is not totally devoid of interest, for it has an antic, bizarre atmosphere about it that in small doses is appealing. And one does admire the director and writer Jules Feiffer for attempting to create a situation in which their over-the-top leading characters can become so outrageous as to transcend their total lack of appeal. Unfortunately, they fall far short of finding that transcendence, with the result that Home boasts two of the most unpleasant and irritating leading characters to be found in cinema -- and the supporting characters are not really very far ahead of them in the personality department. Things wouldn't be so bad if the screenplay were wittier more incisive or even if it just were better plotted. But Home is pretty much a mess. There are some wonderful moments in that mess, such as the sight of Linda Lavin and Gerard Depardieu dressing up as Olive Oyl and Popeye, but they're not enough to make Home a winner. The cast isn't to blame; they all do exactly what they've been asked to do, including Adolph Green and Laura Benson as the two most annoying of the characters.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2008
UPC:
0698452205939
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kimstim
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; Interview with producer Marin Karmitz on the making of the film, and on working with director Alain Resnais

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adolph Green Joey Wellman
Gérard Depardieu Christian Gauthier
Linda Lavin Lena Apthrop
Laura Benson Elise Wellman
Micheline Presle Isabelle Gauthier
Geraldine Chaplin Tery Armstrong
John Ashton Harry Dempsey
Caroline Sihol Dora Dempsey
François-Eric Gendron Cohn-Martin
Catherine Arditi Actor
Françoise Bertin Actor
Emmanuelle Chaulet Secretary of Gauthier
Lucienne Hamon Mrs Roget
Anne Roussel The tired woman
Ludivine Sagnier Actor

Technical Credits
Alain Resnais Director,Screenwriter
Jules Feiffer Screenwriter
Albert Jurgenson Editor
John Kander Score Composer
Marin Karmitz Producer
Jean-Claude Laureux Sound/Sound Designer
Catherine Leterrier Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Paul Loublier Sound/Sound Designer
Jacques Saulnier Production Designer
Charlie van Damme Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- I Want to Go Home
1. Leaving Home [6:56]
2. Abandoned [3:49]
3. Welcome to Paris [10:17]
4. Gallery Opening [9:25]
5. You Really Like My Work? [5:08]
6. Where's Elsie [8:59]
7. I'm Going Home [6:51]
8. Life Is a Cartoon [8:14]
9. Confessions [2:46]
10. Masquerade [15:54]
11. Sad Little American [3:43]
12. The Melee [3:44]
13. I Want to Go Home [6:53]
14. I Want to Stay [5:01]
15. Leaving Paris [3:48]
16. Credits [4:03]

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