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I'm Going Home (2001)

Je rentre à la maison (original title)
The comfortable daily routines of aging Parisian actor Gilbert Valence, 76, are suddenly shaken when he learns that his wife, daughter, and son-in-law have been killed in a car crash. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gilbert Valence
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Marguerite
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John Crawford, Film Director
Antoine Chappey ...
George
Leonor Baldaque ...
Sylvia
Leonor Silveira ...
Marie
Ricardo Trêpa ...
Guard
Jean-Michel Arnold ...
Doctor
Adrien de Van ...
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Isabel Ruth ...
Milkmaid
Andrew Wale ...
Stephen
Robert Dauney ...
Haines
Jean Koeltgen ...
Serge
Mauricette Gourdon ...
Guilhermine, the Housekeeper
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The comfortable daily routines of aging Parisian actor Gilbert Valence, 76, are suddenly shaken when he learns that his wife, daughter, and son-in-law have been killed in a car crash. Having to take care of his now-orphaned grandson, he struggles to go on with his lifelong acting career like he's used to. But the roles he is offered -- a flashy TV show and a hectic last-minute replacement in an English-language film of Joyce's Ulysses -- finally convince him that it's time to retire. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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12 September 2001 (France)  »

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FRF 18,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2001 (#05) See more »

Goofs

From the 2nd to the 3rd Café scene, the headlines on both Le Figaro and Liberátion do not change, and it is supposed to be another day. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Faust. Der Tragödie erster Teil (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Pont Mirabeau
Lyrics by Guillaume Apollinaire (as Appolinaire)
Written by Léo Ferré
(c) 1952 by Les Nouvelles Edition Méridian - Paris, Fr.
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Incomparable
6 July 2005 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

If I were to attempt a comparison, I'd think of Mexico's interesting film "Japón." But comparisons are tricky, since they can never capture more than bits and pieces -- and that includes remakes as well.

The languor of this film is consistent with its subject and its theme. Likewise the cinematic device of reflection, full of suggestion without actually insulting the viewer's intelligence by having to show every scene or expression straight on. Perhaps only an old person can appreciate it fully, sensing how solitude gradually creeping into one's life as one ages tends to alter perceptions even of the most common sort. Everything slows down with age. Self-image lingers longest, and to attempt rejuvenation proves futile in the end. At last there is resignation, and maybe a kind of peace.

Given all this, I find no fault with anything except possibly the lack of effective close-ups or more incisive dialogue in the film. Even John Malkovich deserves a chance to prove he is uncharacteristically not just part of a dramatic frieze.


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