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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.


...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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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Other reviews call this family "bizarre." I guess you could say that, but most often we refer to others as bizarre just because they are different from us. This family did live differently than most of us do. But different is OK. The thing that stood out to me at first was they are different because they are a very happy family, close knit. Most of us are busy with our routines and daily life and struggle to bond with those living in our home. (Spoiler alert). Though communal nudity is not my thing, I have known other families in my life where they believed being naked in front of other family members was normal to them, natural. I am personally not comfortable with that, but if that's their thing, OK.
There was so much more going on in this movie than meets the eye. I think many viewers could not watch the movie simply because they could not connect to the situation. What I saw was a happy family, living in a peaceful place. The mother had previously struggled emotionally and had found her home in this out of the way location, an old motel by an old highway it looked like. The kids could live freely and not worry about dangers and influences, Then the worst happens. The highway reopens. Being a shortcut to two locations, traffic went nuts. Now, instead of being out away from everything, the world was literally in their lap. As others have pointed out, this illustrates how intrusive reality can be in our lives. It is difficult to find and maintain a peaceful existence in this life. The movie delves into how these changes have a profound affect on, not just our lives, but our minds.
As things progress, you see what it is like to live in a home where there is mental illness and how that affects every member of the home.
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