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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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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. Watching this should give us empathy for the real life families who struggle with this debilitating health issue.
And on a deeper level, there was the analogy that could be drawn by most any of us. When we are happy, life tends to not allow us to stay that way. We are bombarded on every side by things that steal our joy. And when something hurts us, we build walls around us to protect us and shut us safely away from those hurts. But as you can see through this film, that is not a healthy way to respond. And at some point, you need to break free of those walls, to move forward and find your way to a new life. We need to overcome or get away from the things that hurt us, but shutting ourselves away only harms us more.
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie because I saw so many levels of things in the story. It was about far more than what you see at face value. It was deeper. It was about life's realities. About living with mental illness in the family. About emotional health. And about finding your happy place. Yes, having subtitles was inconvenient, but the story line allowed you to keep up. Yes, the family was different than many of us. But please remember it's OK to be different.
This is a Foreign film that has full nudity. Shocked it passed through the kiddie porn screening.
Please be warned before watching this with your family.
As a foreign film it is maybe 2 stars sound is horrid- plot is all over and ending is weak.