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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?

Director:

Anne Fontaine
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Bouquet ... Maurice
Charles Berling ... Jean-Luc
Natacha Régnier ... Isa
Amira Casar ... Myriem
Stéphane Guillon Stéphane Guillon ... Patrick
Hubert Koundé ... Jean-Toussaint
Karole Rocher ... Laetitia
Marie Micla Marie Micla ... The Prostitute
Nicole Evans Nicole Evans ... The Female Patient
Philippe Lehembre ... Homeless Guy / Elderly Patient
Pierre Londiche Pierre Londiche ... Isa's Father
Jean-Christophe Lemberton Jean-Christophe Lemberton ... Cyril
Manoëlle Gaillard Manoëlle Gaillard ... Isa's Mother
Etienne Louvet Etienne Louvet ... Myriem's Son
Claude Koener Claude Koener ... The Official
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Storyline

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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Drama | Thriller

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strong emotions of cold people
5 August 2006 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

I was very interested to see the previous film of director Anne Fontaine before she did the excellent 'Nathalie'. 'Comment j'au tue mon pere' did not disappoint, although it may not be a easy film for everybody's taste.

Despite the title this is no detective story, and there is almost no physical violence in this movie. It is the world of the French middle-high class, people are polite and talk quiet. A well-doing doctor lives with his wife and his brother when their lives are changed by the arrival - as in a inverse parable - of the prodigal father, the one who left the boys as kids. Not only that the characters cannot re-do the time lost, but they do not seem to even look or express any affection. The emotions behind their cold masks are however not less stronger, with frustration and fear dominating the father-sons interaction.

The movie is very well acted with Michel Bouquet and Charles Berling giving powerful performances in the principal roles. Although the cinematography is a little banal, the movie is to be remembered for the intensity of the hidden conflicts, well brought to the screen.


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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 September 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,480, 25 August 2002

Gross USA:

$145,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,802,142
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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