Review: ‘Home’

"Home" modestly observes a rural French's family's stubborn bid to stay put as high-speed life -- in the form of a new expressway -- paves the path to eventual displacement.

A road movie sans travel, “Home” modestly observes a rural French’s family’s stubborn bid to stay put as high-speed life — in the form of a new expressway — paves the path to eventual displacement. Typically sharp work by d.p. Agnes Godard and lead thesp Isabelle Huppert lends momentum to a drama whose static stretches and non-nouveau take on the threat of modernity could limit migration beyond presold Euro turf.

The relatively calm matriarch of a five-member bohemian clan, Huppert’s Marthe bums cigs from serially sunbathing, death-metal-blasting eldest daughter Judith (Adelaide Leroux), whose lounge chair sits only few yards from buzz-killing Route E57. Younger kids and stressed-out service-worker dad (Olivier Gourmet) deal with paradise lost according to age and gender, while Marthe devolves from a “c’est la vie” demeanor to the kind of hyper-emotional freakout that too often afflicts Gallic-cinema femmes. Still, director Ursula Meier generally distinguishes her feature debut by not pushing elements to melodramatic or farcical extremes. The requisite traffic-jam incident finds Godard cleverly tipping her lens to namesake Jean-Luc (“Weekend”), while a gradual depletion of natural light from the frame serves the pic’s aptly darkening view of progress.

Home

France-Belgium-Switzerland)

Production

A Diaphana Distribution release (in France) of a Box Prods. (Switzerland)/Archipel 35 (France)/Need Prods. (Belgium) presentation, in co-production with France 3 Cinema, Television Suisse Romande, SRG SSR Idee Suisse, RTBF, with support of Eurimages. (International sales: Memento Films Intl., Paris.) Produced by Elena Tatti, Thierry Spicher, Denis Freyd, Denis Delcampe. Directed by Ursula Meier. Screenplay, Meier, Antoine Jaccoud, Raphaelle Valbrune, Gilles Taurand, Olivier Lorelle, in collaboration with Alice Winocour.

Crew

Camera (color), Agnes Godard; editors, Susana Rossberg, Francois Gedigier, Nelly Quettier. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Critics' Week), May 18, 2008. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet, Adelaide Leroux, Madeleine Budd, Kacey Mottet Klein.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading