A Home at the End of the World (2004)
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A tale that chronicles a dozen years in the lives of two best friends who couldn't be more different. From suburban Cleveland in the 60s, to New York City in the 80s--where they meet an older women--a journey of trials, triumphs, loves and losses unfolds. Now the question is: can they navigate the unusual triangle they've created and hold their friendship together?
Aug 20, 2004 Wide
Nov 2, 2004
Warner Independent - Official Site
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Flawed but sincere -- the sort of thoughtful, adult movie that rarely appears in the summer.
Despite some very good acting in most roles, the people on the screen seem like types with labels.
It may sound like grade-A melodrama, but A Home at the End of the World turns out to be much more ambitious -- and, unfortunately, less interesting.
Casting is everything in a film like this, and in the major roles, Mayer scores two out of three.
Although the actors do a magnificent job with the piffle, the characters hardly ever act the way real people do in the situations they are presented with. They act, instead, the way characters in a movie act.
What keeps the movie going, far longer than the screenplay deserves, are fine performances all around.
shorter than THE HOURS and this is the main reason why Michael Cunnigham should be pleased with this adaptation of his work
Whether Colin Farrell is cast-against-type or miscast in this mediocre adaptation of Cunningham's evocative novel is a matter of debate
Fantastic performances, a wonderful script and solid direction by Michael Mayer place A Home at the End of the World among the year's finest movies.
The movie makes the characters worse than enigmas; it makes them the last people imaginable from which you expect or even desire to learn anything.
Farrell's acting is so totally likable, he lifts the story from its sudsy roots and elevates it to something worthy of memory. Well, at least if you have a short memory.
While the rambling storyline and extended time-frame betrays the script's novelistic roots, soulful performances from Farrell, Sissy Spacek and newcomer Dallas Roberts make this a rich and emotionally rewarding experience.
Home stubbornly takes no shortcuts, skipping through a greatest hits selection from the book; All the big scenes with little of the cumulative emotional effect.
All roads lead to ruin in Home's world, lending an unexpectedly reactionary tone to the work.
The story devolves into a contest to see which character can be the most selfish and eccentric.
The filmmakers drift into sentimentality too easily and badly shy away from the provocative issues they raise (like sexuality).
Captures a fleeting moment in the subculture of 1980s America with heart-rending precision.
The naughty bits were eventually cut (so to speak) for being too "distracting," but the publicity surrounding the deletion may be the best thing the movie has going for it.
Explores the structure of the family in its many possible forms and makes an argument that Colin Farrell is perhaps one of the most charming blokes on the planet.
It's a delight until the weirdly adult-like child grows up to be a childish adult: Farrell, wearing a caveman wig as a stud version of Chance the Gardener...
...Farrell gives a performance that's just as commanding and compelling as anything he's done before.
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