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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?

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Cast

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 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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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 September 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,480, 25 August 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,480, 25 August 2002
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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It all started with Homer
16 December 2005 | by bob998See all my reviews

How I Killed My Father (aka My Father and I) is a story about parental abandonment and filial rage, told in a very calm way. The characters hardly ever break a sweat as they deal with irresponsible fathers, feckless siblings, childlessness and the other griefs of life. The locale is, after all, Versailles, and the emotional temperature never gets above zero in those manicured gardens.

Jean-Luc invents a family for himself to replace the one he lost at the age of ten. He becomes a father substitute for his brother Patrick--imagine having your brother as chauffeur and gofer. He presides over this clinic for rich middle-aged people trying to regain their youth, much like a father and his children. If his wife is tiring of being an ornament, he can handle her moods: after all, he's got her believing she can't have kids. The mistress at the clinic can be kept happy by the promise of an apartment. The only thing he can't allow is to be abandoned by any of them.

The conflict with his father is the occasion for many droll exchanges between Charles Berling and Michel Bouquet. Jacques Fieschi, the co-author of this script, also wrote Un coeur en hiver, Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud and Sade, some of my favorite studies of bleak hearts in comfortable surroundings.


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