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How I Killed My Father (2001)

Comment j'ai tué mon père (original title)
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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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)

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$7,480 (USA) (23 August 2002)
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Very beautiful, very subtle, very French
15 January 2007 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

'Comment J'ai Tu Mon Pere' is the story of an apparently untroubled man whose control over his own life is threatened by the return of his difficult long-lost father. It's also one of those typically French films where everyone is beautiful and the drama proceeds by the subtlest of inflexion. And I find myself more willing to tolerate the first fault than I would be in an American film, partly because the characters are truly beautiful (in Hollyowood films they are often just healthy), and partly because of the second virtue. That is to say, the acting, script, cinematography and music are all superb, they bring a pained (and changing) life to this story where (superficially) nothing happens. It's true that you probably won't like this film if you do like the latest blockbuster; but the loss will all yours.


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