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Home (2008)

Isabelle Huppert , Olivier Gourmet , Ursula Meier  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet
  • Directors: Ursula Meier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,128 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Home" on IMDb

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...surprising and pleasurable, even when the story goes dark --The New York Times

Ursula Meiers confident, appealingly bizarre theatrical debut --The Village Voice

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A family's peaceful existence is threatened when a busy highway is opened only meters away from their isolated house in the middle of nowhere. Refusing to move, Marthe (Isabelle Huppert), Michel (Olivier Gourmet) and their three children find innovative ways to adapt to their new environment.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a unique and unforgettable visual experience September 27, 2010

Have you ever found yourself wondering about those people who live right alongside the freeway - the anonymous folk whose lives we peer into for mere nano-seconds as we hurtle our way past their apartments and houses en route to our destinations? Well, the artists who made "Home" certainly have, and the answer they've come up with makes for a fascinating, one-of-a-kind cinematic experience that, even more than most movies, has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

The family in "Home" leads a relatively carefree and decidedly unconventional lifestyle. Their house stands adjacent to an abandoned freeway, which they use as their own private recreation area. They also view bath time as a communal experience (this being Switzerland and all).

All is going reasonably well (despite some mild familial tension here and there), until one day and without any warning, the roadway is reopened to traffic, shattering the family's once-peaceful existence with the sounds of whooshing cars and honking horns, the penetrating odor of exhaust fumes and fossil fuels, a diminution of privacy (especially during traffic jams), and a nonstop assault on the senses. Even getting to the other side of the road - to school or to work - becomes a daily, death-defying game of chicken with speeding vehicles whose drivers have no intention of slowing down for bothersome and unwelcome pedestrians.

This tremendously odd little film is obviously intended as a parable about the oppressiveness and chaos of modern life as it encroaches ever more forcefully onto the peace and tranquility of a rural existence. The family members become increasingly ill-tempered, paranoid, neurotic, even violent as the outside world inexorably presses its way into their once-placid lives.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A family's isolated idyllic existence along the edge of an abandoned highway is interrupted when it is unexpectedly opened for traffic. Ursula Meier, in a potent directorial debut, depicts from the outset and directly without any need for explanation the effortless and carefree life of a family whose relative isolation enables them to live as they will, to escape from the expectations and judgments of others and live simply. We are gradually made aware that their stability as a family depends upon this separation from the outside world. This is especially true of the mother, played fearlessly by Isabelle Huppert, whose ability to manage the home and to cope with her situation begins to break down as the world intrudes. There are hints that this is not the first time, and that they had come to this place in hopes of achieving some kind of stability.

The cinematography is rich, the performances uniformly strong, the story manages to work both as drama and as allegory. I loved the soundtrack, and Nina Simone over the credits was a perfect ending. I just finished seeing it the second time and it managed to both fascinate and frighten. At some level this is, effectively, a highly restrained ecological horror film, where the monster is just the world encroaching in, in the form of increasing traffic and incessant noise and pollution, and that triggers desperation. In many ways the film reminded me of a more subtle and smaller scale version of something like The Mosquito Coast, and it works with the same issues: the idea of the need to escape into a carefree wilderness, the idea that a man should somehow protect his family at all costs from the risks of the outside world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The incredible noisiness of being April 30, 2014
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I've lived in places where the traffic noise is 24/7 and it really does make you crazy and sick. I used to wear ear plugs regularly at night and often during the day too. Now that I live in an area where there is virtually no traffic, just an occasional car driving by slowly in the distance, I worry about new development taking my peace away. So I know what this family is going through when their idyllic life of rural quiet is completely upended by the commuter highway that is suddenly opened right in their front yard.

Even though this was just a film, I found myself turning the volume off and just reading the subtitles so I wouldn't have to listen to the horrendous nonstop din from motor vehicles. It brought back unpleasant memories. The things the family does to ameliorate the continuous cacophony are touching and sad because they don't work, and you wonder what will become of them. What will become of all of us, because the world is becoming louder every day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars urbanization: not good for most May 4, 2014
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This film, as a case study, reminds me of the social engineering, urbanization experiment being conducted in China right now. See New York Times series on the issue if you are unfamiliar. There are all sorts of parallels. Prison is bad, but solitary confinement will make you crazy. I loved this movie. The love in this atypical, off-the-grid family -- wanted to shake the older adolescent and wondered about the indulgence, also wondered about everyone's doting on Michel, the young boy -- was love. It was pure, different than most of us experience, and you'd think it unshakeable but it can crack. Wished for more outcome, but I suppose that's left in our heads to imagine. I just loved watching this family. Endearing, arty, French, and very worth watching.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Like warm beer, not the best but still drinkable.
I didn't hate it. Quirky, but sort of endearing. Visceral at times. I was pretty sure someone was going to get run over but that didn't happen. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by E. johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Turned it off after 5 minutes, couldn't hold my attention.
Published 2 days ago by Ilex
4.0 out of 5 stars But all in all it was pretty good. Too much nudity for me
I didn't realize that it was in french and had subtitles so I had to pay close attention to read. I had to pause so I could leave the room cause I wouldn't be able to read. Read more
Published 5 days ago by L. Caslin
1.0 out of 5 stars you couldn't tell us before we wasted our time
It's not in English. SUBTITLED geez, you couldn't tell us before we wasted our time?
Published 8 days ago by Jay, Wyoming USA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
received in very good condition, thanks.
Published 10 days ago by anthony
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Foreign low budget, different ,goofy family.
Published 11 days ago by James L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it is very well done.
Published 29 days ago by S. Shafazand
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I didn't like it at all and didn't watch much of it.
Published 1 month ago by RoseAnn Roth
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware!!
I didn't see anything about it being a foreign language film, but it is totally in French.. Total waste of money, since I have no intention of sitting reading subtitles
Published 1 month ago by Momma
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good movie but a little sad dealing with life.
Published 1 month ago by hanghank
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