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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: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JMGKPK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Home" on IMDb

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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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...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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SUBTITLED geez, you couldn't tell us before we wasted our time?
Jay, Wyoming USA
Their life is upset when the road is completed, walling off their enclave and subjecting them to increasing noise and pollution.
avoraciousreader
Story line not clear, no back ground on the characters or circumstances.
marilyn panico

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on September 27, 2010
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****1/2

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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lonebeaut TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sila on April 13, 2014
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Isabelle Huppert tends to be in weird movies, most of them not that good despite the fact that she is a great actress. This film is no exception. It is about a family whose garden ends being crossed by a major highway. It is in itself a bit odd because I thought that the French law authorizes the government to force people to sell their house to avoid this kind of situation. Anyway, it remains unclear why the family decides to stay there for so long. I think that this subject could have been treated much better. I was definitely disappointed.
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