Director Smith visits five unusual homes and talks to the people who built or adapted them. His subjects include an alligator wrangler who lives on a houseboat in a Louisiana bayou; an American actress who made her fortune on Japanese TV and then built a treehouse getaway in Hawaii; an inventor who automated his entire home; a family who converted an abandoned missile silo into an underground abode; and a pair of cat-lovers who renovated their house with dozens of feline-friendly features. Written by
HOME MOVIE's impact has nothing to do with film-making.
"should be required viewing for all of us in the extended homeowner's association we call the human race." That comment by Bluerb, posted somewhere below about HOME MOVIE sums up why I find myself talking about this film more than any other.
HOME MOVIE's impact has nothing to do with film-making. Plot cohesiveness, cinematography and character development are irrelevant, and whether it was originally intended as a film, or a series of commercials is beside the point.
HOME MOVIE is a pure and an intimate microcosmic glimpse into the distinct realities created by a few unique citizens of the united states. It is memorable not merely because of the unique living environments it reveals.
For those of us living in the USA at a time when many blame our current socio-political and economic situation on the apathy and ignorance on our citizens, HOME MOVE is a source of reassurance, and of inspiration.
The characters in this film share a common drive. They've all refused conformity to our society's norms, they all have vision, and they all have passion for something... anything.
Linda Beech, who looks to be in her seventies, says a little prayer and then drives through a river every time she drives to, or from her home because her trees, and the life she's built around them are just that important to her.
In that you will find the value of this film.
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