A sweet reminiscence about a family of four children and their RAF-veteran dad, who knows the timetable of every bus in London, but realizes his large family needs a car. He buys a Peugeot ... See full summary »
A sweet reminiscence about a family of four children and their RAF-veteran dad, who knows the timetable of every bus in London, but realizes his large family needs a car. He buys a Peugeot station wagon - license plate GFP831E, and the family sets off for annual holidays exploring every corner of Europe - "adopting local customs but never forgetting who won the war." The narrator is one of the children who, as he ages, sees things he missed as a lad - the car no rocket, dad no speedster. As the years wear on, and the car sits in the driveway, dad keeps it ready for the next great summer holiday. Written by
Other reviewers have described HOME ROAD MOVIES as " bitter-sweet " and that's a correct description but despite the story being told from the point of view of one of the father's children all my sympathy was firmly with the dad . He's fought in the war ( And lets everyone know it ! ) and because he wants to give his children some happiness in their lives he buys a car and takes them for holidays in Europe . Unfortunately as the children become adolescents they don't think holidaying with their parents is all that exciting and decide to go on their own holidays . As pointed out this is " bitter- sweet " but am I alone in thinking bitter comes more and more to the fore ? The father looks more depressed and fatalistic as the story progresses until one day he makes a trip to hospital alone , yes alone , the narrator who tells the story lets his father take one last one way journey to hospital alone . Children . Who would have them ?
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