La Maison De La Radio
La Maison De La Radio (2013)

LA MAISON DE LA RADIO is a vibrant portrait of Radio France, that nation's equivalent of NPR or the BBC. Directed by Nicolas Philibert (To Be and To Have), a master of the documentary genre, LA MAISON shows the day-to-day of a beloved… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 4, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 21, 2014
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

"La Maison de la Radio" gives us the pleasant experience of hanging out with people who truly love their work.

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Access does not guarantee insight.

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Stefan Pape

There's a rhythm to Philibert's work, a tangible linearity - as he knows how to take every day life and illuminate it, find the subtleties, the nuances for us to appreciate and to resonate with.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This might just be the ultimate cine-snob movie: a documentary about French public broadcasting.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

As Mr. Philibert continues to pop in and out of different studios, in and out of the building, flitting from one face to the other, it feels as if he were searching for a story that never emerges.

Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

Behind it all lies the sense that here is something worth preserving, a celebration of radio's unique conversational appeal, a unifying force in times of splintered televisuality.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

It's a film for Francophiles of the deepest dye, a grand tour of French culture and preoccupations.

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Eric Hynes
Time Out

Given only hints of personalities and the thinnest strands of stories, we're left with a hum of tinny snippets instead of anything that resembles the glorious noise of people putting on show after show after show.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)

[Documentary maker Nicolas Philibert's] admiration for Radio France's work and public-service ethos is self-evident, but this is a very hard film for a non-French audience to engage with.

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