Home (2009)

Inga (Academy award winner Marcia Gay Harden) is a poet. She wants to buy and restore a house she is drawn to that reminds her of her childhood home, but her distant husband Hermann (Michael Gaston) sees little value in it or many of the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 22, 2009
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Disconcerting and sometimes eerie, this enigmatic French film is an assured directorial debut.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

Home is the engaging, darkly funny, surreal story of what happens when people who have thrived by keeping civilization at a safe distance suddenly find themselves pushed right back into its headlights.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Though the cautionary symbolism is clear here, the committee-written film (there were five scribes including Meier), smartly keeps its message quotient in check.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a unique work of disturbing character poetry, though it may be a little too disturbing.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What happens would not make sense in many households, but in this one, it represents a certain continuity, and confirms deep currents we sensed almost from the first.

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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice

Working with all-star DP Agnès Godard, Meier effectively communicates the sense of upended privacy.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Darkly funny, haunting, and perhaps hopeful...there's a keen sense of absurdism (and in Agnès Godard's brilliant photography a sort of surrealist realism, if there is such a thing) in the circumstances. [Blu-ray]

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Gradually the movie turns into an ironic assault on the inconvenient nature of civilization's conveniences.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

The performers manage to overcome Meier's schematic framework-too "modern-day fairy tale" for its own good-though the director clearly knows which collaborators and elements to enlist for game-raising purposes.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

This suburban horror tale of a family's disintegration once modern life begins encroaching is reminiscent of such films as "The Cement Garden"...

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Ursula Meier just couldn't help herself, what starts as an interesting concept turns into a cliched French existential load of old nonsense. It's 2… More
Walter M.
"Home" is an offbeat and endearing movie that makes beautiful use out of its unique setting. Michel(Olivier Gourmet) and Marthe(Isabelle Huppert)… More
Greg S
A French family's behavior becomes increasingly erratic when a major highway opens in their front yard; they eventually wall themselves up in the house to… More
Gordon A
Certainly scores for originality but left me a little cold with its aloof pretensions.