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House of D (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 29 April 2005 (USA)
By working through problems stemming from his past, Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris, begins to discover who he really is, and returns to his home to reconcile with his family and friends.

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Melissa
Magali Amadei ...
Coralie Warshaw
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Simone
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Sasha (as Bernard Sheredy)
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Ticket Seller
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Mrs. Brevoort
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Odell Warshaw
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Mr. Pappass
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Storyline

On their son Odell's 13the birthday, graphic artist Tom Warszaw finally confesses to his wife why he fled Greenwich Village, NYC at that age to Paris. As a schoolboy, naturally sensitive, considerate Tommy was best buddy with 'adult' half-wit Pappass, father Duncan's Catholic school's assistant janitor. Smothered by his dependent mother, a dumb orderly, Tommy got 'parental advice' from a women's prison inmate. Together with Pappas, he saves up tips from their butchery delivery rounds. One night, Pappas steals the bike they were saving for. Tommy tries to take the blame, but ends up expelled as if the instigator. Even more tragic consequences follow. Written by KGF Vissers

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You never know who your angel's gonna be. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual and drug references, thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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29 April 2005 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,371 (USA) (15 April 2005)

Gross:

$371,081 (USA) (6 May 2005)
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Film writing/directing debut of David Duchovny, who claims to have written the screenplay in six days. See more »

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At the beginning of the school dance scene, there is a kid screaming "Sabbath. Sabbath." Later on, the same kid is shown to be the DJ, and when he is changing records, you can hear his voice still screaming "Sabbath. Sabbath." in the background, even though he is not saying it. See more »

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Tom Warshaw: [narrating] My name is Tom Warshaw. I'm an American artist living in Paris. I've lived here for 30 years with a secret nobody knows. My son, Odell, is turning 13 today. And for his birthday, I'm gonna tell him my secret.
Tom Warshaw: I'm gonna tell him, "You know how in old movies when the bad guys want to break into a safe? There's this one guy, the safecracker, who puts his ear up to the lock and listens as he dials the combination, listening for what they call in English, the tumblers. ...
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References Taxi (1978) See more »

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Hold Your Head Up
Written by Rod Argent, Chris White
Performed by Argent
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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I really, really liked it.
22 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

House of D is a fine film with a lot of humor and many touching moments.

I saw a showing of it in Cambridge and, while it was not very well attended, the audience who was there seemed to enjoy it. There was a lot of laughter at appropriate moments and applause at the end. Also, the comments I overheard were all positive.

The movie isn't perfect, but the writing is so fresh and and powerful. It seems not enough good is being said about it, perhaps due to lack of courage to go against some of the important names, but what do I have to lose? I thought Tea Leone's performance was heartfelt and painfully accurate in her portrayal of a young mother who'd recently lost her husband.

Every shot of Erykha Badu was beautiful, as well. I never realized what an amazing face that woman has.

There were moments of sheer brilliance, in my opinion, that I won't spoil in this space. Moments where boyhood and manhood are juxtaposed and the struggle between the two physically hurts.

All in all, I felt it was very real, very touching, and very well done. The mixture of comedy and drama is as it is life, tied together with strands of reality.

I would recommend you go to see this film with an open heart and mind. I don't think you'll be disappointed.


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