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Home (2009)



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

Movie Info

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 things Inga loves. Inga realizes that many things in her life are coming full circle.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some disturbing thematic material)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Mary Haverstick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 22, 2009
Box Office: $9.5k
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Critic Reviews for Home

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (10)

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.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 18, 2010
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 25, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 25, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Home


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 escape the noise. An obscure metaphor that never gets up to highway speed. NOTE: This review referes to the French film; Flixter currently has the cast list mixed up with a 2008 American movie of the same name.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


Certainly scores for originality but left me a little cold with its aloof pretensions.

Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer


"Home" is an offbeat and endearing movie that makes beautiful use out of its unique setting. Michel(Olivier Gourmet) and Marthe(Isabelle Huppert) moved to the middle of nowhere after her nervours breakdown ten years previously. A highway was built by their house but never completed until now which breaks up their disordered existence, such as using the highway for their personal roller hockey rink. While the drivers now get a new road, the family is blocked in and can go nowhere. And sitting out in the yard to watch television has definitely lost its charm. However, it does not stop elder daughter Judith(Adelaide Leroux) from sunbathing within easy sight of the motorists. Her sister Marion(Madeleine Budd), who is scary smart but thinks too much, worries about the level of lead in the new environment, which Judith ignores as she continues smoking cigarettes. However, Marion does get to her younger brother Julien(Kacey Mottet Klein) and they both walk to the school bus which has turned into an adventure, the only one he still has as most of his playmates have vanished. The problem for all concerned is not the level of noise which is manageable but that they are being watched constantly. And just as the remote location turns out to be no permanent remedy for this family's ills, neither is the highway for the motorists since they still have to deal with the occasional traffic jam to which Judith is actually blameless.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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