MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,814 this week

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

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 815 users   Metascore: 78/100
Reviews: 15 user | 27 critic | 18 from Metacritic.com

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?

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 7634 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
 
a list of 123 titles
created 26 Dec 2011
 
a list of 834 titles
created 21 Jan 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 12 Feb 2013
 
a list of 8495 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: How I Killed My Father (2001)

How I Killed My Father (2001) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of How I Killed My Father.
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Nathalie and Louise are friends from childhood. While studying drama at University Louise becomes hopelessly obsessed with her friend. Jealous of the male friends she has she breaks up the ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Corsini
Stars: Emmanuelle Béart, Pascale Bussières, Dani Levy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three French sisters have their lives interrupted and their relationship called into question when their father returns to visit 15 years after having abandoned them and their now-deceased ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Mouriéras
Stars: Michel Piccoli, Natacha Régnier, Miou-Miou
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Henry Geldzahler reflects on the 1960s pop art scene in New York.

Director: Peter Rosen
Stars: John Chamberlain, Ivan Karp, George Lois
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Belgian woman looks back on her year at a Japanese corporation in Tokyo in 1990. She is Amélie, born in Japan, living there until age 5. After college graduation, she returns with a ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Corneau
Stars: Sylvie Testud, Kaori Tsuji, Tarô Suwa
Keep It Quiet (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Benoît Jacquot
Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Isabelle Huppert, Vincent Lindon
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. Charles strangles Laura when one of their S&M games ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Celia, Marina Ninchi, Michel Bouquet
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young journalist (Lespert) helps the French President compile his memoirs.

Director: Robert Guédiguian
Stars: Michel Bouquet, Jalil Lespert, Philippe Fretun
Gemma Bovery (2014)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Fontaine
Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng
Adore (2013)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other's sons.

Director: Anne Fontaine
Stars: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel
Hell (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three sisters share a connection to a violent incident from their childhood reunite to for the chance to come to terms with their past.

Director: Danis Tanovic
Stars: Emmanuelle Béart, Karin Viard, Marie Gillain
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An affluent, middle-aged couple's uneventful lives are forever changed when they move into an isolated house in the country and befriend an odd, younger couple.

Directors: Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu
Stars: Sabine Azéma, Daniel Auteuil, Amira Casar
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Anne Fontaine
Stars: Nora, Sami Bouajila, Alain Fromager
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Maurice
...
Jean-Luc
...
Isa
...
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 ...
The Official
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

19 September 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

How I Killed My Father  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$7,480 (USA) (23 August 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
the father who must be killed
6 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

In 1997, Anne Fontaine made an idiosyncratic film named "Nettoyage à Sec" in which a mysterious young man, Loïc shattered the upstart world of a couple of dry cleaners. Miou-Miou acted the woman while Charles Berling was her husband. Four years later, the female filmmaker finds again her main actor for a very similar role and a film which resembles its 1997 companion.

Here, the disruptive element isn't a young man but an elderly one acted by Michel Bouquet in a mind-boggling performance. After many years spent in research in Africa, he unexpectedly resurfaces in France to pay a visit to his sons. Berling is a doctor who has everything to be happy: a private hospital that works well, a lascivious mansion and a lovely spouse (Natacha Régnier) and he even saved from distress his brother whom he hired as his chauffeur. Is this posh universe serendipitous? Bouquet's presence will reveal the other side of this lush scenery as well as many things about his past, Berling's and his brother's. A good proportion of these secrets have something eerie and are likely to explain the current situation.

As soon as Bouquet arrives, Anne Fontaine exudes an unnerving climate and keeps a low-key tonality to better capture a high disquiet. Rather than to deliver banal explanations that would have rushed the film towards miscarriage, she prefers to call upon the viewer's imagination and to let the unsaid prevail to interpret the numerous zones of shadow and ambiguity the characters have deep down inside them. What also cements her talent is that she eschews a good number of easy moments in which the characters' reactions would have been so predictable. Distance is her key word to shoot her characters and she sends away the father and his son without pronouncing in favor of either even if she has an ounce of sympathy at the tail end when they feel lost.

Once again, Michel Bouquet's acute look and ubiquity are to be praised. He just has to pronounce a cue with his hoarse voice to fill one sequence with intensity. Berling and Régnier are up to scratch him. With Marion Vernoux and a few other ones, Anne Fontaine may be the finest French female filmmaker of these last years. Perhaps one will just regret this detail: Bouquet sees his son again when the latter is at the peak of his success and invites the whole community at his home. This trick has been used many times before.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
why is the title changed on dvd? YNOTswim
The 'prostitute' andrewwagstaff
Discuss How I Killed My Father (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?