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I'm Going Home (2001)

Je rentre à la maison (original title)
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.

Director:

Manoel de Oliveira

Writers:

Manoel de Oliveira (scenario and dialogue), Eugène Ionesco (play) | 3 more credits »
5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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

Connections

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

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Le Pont Mirabeau
Lyrics by Guillaume Apollinaire
Written by Léo Ferré
(c) 1952 by Les Nouvelles Edition Méridian - Paris, Fr.
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"Je rentre a la maison" is an elegant exploration of aging and personal loss directed by 93-year-old Manoel de Oliveira.
28 September 2001 | by claytonloweSee all my reviews

"Je rentre a la maison" opens on the stage of a rather seedy theatre in Paris during the closing act of Ionesco's absurdist drama "Exit the King" - exit the king indeed!

Portraying the old king is Gilbert Valence (Michel Piccoli), a well known Parisian actor, who like the king is coming to the end of his career. Piccoli no sooner steps off stage than a group of somber friends deliver to him the bad news that his wife, daughter, and son-in-law have just been killed in an auto accident. All that now remains of his family is his young grandson.

In this remarkably understated film Oliveira uses long takes, a rarely moving camera, and natural background sounds to emphasize what's going on in the faces of his actors. After a summer of films like "Fast and Furious," "Rat Race," and "Rush Hour 2" it is a relief to be able to slow down and indulge in the more subtle nuances of the filmic art.

One of the movie's most treasured moments occurs when Piccoli is cast in an English-language film based on James Joyce's novel, "Ulysses." Appearing in a cameo role as the director of this movie-within-a-movie is John Malkovich who takes full advantage of Oliveira's long take close-ups of him as he sadly watches Piccoli having difficulties with his lines. The last shot in the film is also a long take of the face of Piccoli's grandson as he watches his grandfather pause on the landing while making his way up the stairs to his room.

"Je rentre a la maison" is a low-key version of Scott Hicks' more thickly romantic, "Hearts in Atlantis," which has a similar theme.


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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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Box Office

Budget:

FRF18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,024, 18 August 2002

Gross USA:

$140,872

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$853,526
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1.66 : 1
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