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How I Killed My Father (2001)
"Comment j'ai tué mon père" (original title)

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When his long-time disappeared father is entering his life again, Jean-Luc, a successful doctor, has no option but to face his own life story. Will he ever be able to forget and forgive?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maurice
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Jean-Luc
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Isa
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Myriem
Stéphane Guillon ...
Patrick
Hubert Koundé ...
Jean-Toussaint
Karole Rocher ...
Laetitia
Marie Micla ...
The Prostitute
Nicole Evans ...
The Female Patient
Philippe Lehembre ...
Homeless Guy / Elderly Patient
Pierre Londiche ...
Isa's Father
Jean-Christophe Lemberton ...
Cyril
Manoëlle Gaillard ...
Isa's Mother
Etienne Louvet ...
Myriem's Son
Claude Koener ...
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Jean-Luc is an established gerontologist who can do no wrong; he runs a private clinic specialising in anti-ageing treatments. Honoured for his work in this field, he throws a garden party at his home. It is during this social event that his father suddenly reappears, back after a long exile. A physician, he had left decades earlier without any apparent reason to practice in Africa. He moves into his son's home for several days, phlegmatically observing everything with an enigmatic smile. He peruses Jean-Luc's life and environment with cruel objectivity. The arrival of this interloper father, who everyone thought had disappeared for good, shatters the family microcosm: Jean-Luc doesn't know how to take him, as if the memory - or the resentment - was nothing but lost time; his wife becomes fond of this highly unconventional man; after first refusing to deal with him, Jean-Luc's younger brother strikes up a modest bond with him. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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19 September 2001 (France)  »

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FRF 29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,480 (USA) (23 August 2002)

Gross:

$7,480 (USA) (23 August 2002)
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22 August 2004 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"My Father and I", as the DVD was entitled, spends its time examining the emotional erosion of an icy, controlling, stilted, and successful Gerontologist upon the return of the father who abandoned him as a child. A well presented psychodrama with a solid cast, good production value, and a meager storyline, this film tells its tale of gathering rage cloaked in polite conversation through nuances of body language, behavior, and minimal dialogue. Subtitled and ambiguous in beginning and end, "My Father and I" was well received by both critics and public the public at large given allowances for subtitles. Recommended for French film fans into psychodramas. (B+)


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