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Je rentre à la maison (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 September 2001 (France)
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 »

Director:

Manoel de Oliveira

Writers:

Manoel de Oliveira (scenario and dialogue), Eugène Ionesco (play) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Piccoli ... Gilbert Valence
Catherine Deneuve ... Marguerite
John Malkovich ... John Crawford, Film Director
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey ... George
Leonor Baldaque Leonor Baldaque ... Sylvia
Leonor Silveira Leonor Silveira ... Marie
Ricardo Trêpa ... Guard
Jean-Michel Arnold Jean-Michel Arnold ... Doctor
Adrien de Van Adrien de Van ... Ferdinand
Sylvie Testud ... Ariel
Isabel Ruth Isabel Ruth ... Milkmaid
Andrew Wale Andrew Wale ... Stephen
Robert Dauney Robert Dauney ... Haines
Jean Koeltgen Jean Koeltgen ... Serge
Mauricette Gourdon Mauricette Gourdon ... Guilhermine, the Housekeeper
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France | Portugal

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

12 September 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

I'm Going Home See more »

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Budget:

FRF 18,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2001 (#05) See more »

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

Soundtracks

Sous le Ciel de Paris
Music by Hubert Giraud
Lyrics by Jean Dréjac
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The poetry of details
23 June 2006 | by valadasSee all my reviews

Manuel de Oliveira is the film director of the details. The camera is always very slow with him and much concentrated on visual details, immobile images and dialogues. Each one of these however, has its meaning sometimes poetic and contributes to introduce the spectator deeply into the atmosphere of the story. Remember for instance the scene when the old actor, after having bought and put on a pair of new yellow shoes that he liked very much, is talking to someone else at a café and while the dialogue goes on we almost never see his face since the camera focuses his feet all the time and the movements he makes with his shoes like an element of his personality. This is the story of an old actor at the end of his career still trying to work after the violent death of his wife, daughter and son-in-law in a road accident that left him in charge of his little grandson. Michel Piccoli does a great job in the role of the aging actor and we can feel all along the movie the feelings that take place in his mind on the one hand in his difficult relationship with his agent about what the latter tries to demand from him and on the other hand in his tender relationship with his grandson at home though they don't see much of each other due to to their divergent hours. A movie really worth to be seen.


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