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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 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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Trivia

Le Figaro is considered a right-wing newspaper in France. Therefore, the Café scenes are a joke with the average conservative French man. 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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Incomparable
6 July 2005 | by B24See all my reviews

If I were to attempt a comparison, I'd think of Mexico's interesting film "Japón." But comparisons are tricky, since they can never capture more than bits and pieces -- and that includes remakes as well.

The languor of this film is consistent with its subject and its theme. Likewise the cinematic device of reflection, full of suggestion without actually insulting the viewer's intelligence by having to show every scene or expression straight on. Perhaps only an old person can appreciate it fully, sensing how solitude gradually creeping into one's life as one ages tends to alter perceptions even of the most common sort. Everything slows down with age. Self-image lingers longest, and to attempt rejuvenation proves futile in the end. At last there is resignation, and maybe a kind of peace.

Given all this, I find no fault with anything except possibly the lack of effective close-ups or more incisive dialogue in the film. Even John Malkovich deserves a chance to prove he is uncharacteristically not just part of a dramatic frieze.


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