I Want to Go Home (1989)
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American humorist Jules Feiffer and French director Alain Resnais are oddly paired for this satirical comedy about an American cartoonist in Paris. Adolph Green is a stunner as Joey Wellman, a cantankerous American cartoonist traveling abroad for the first time. In tow is Lena Apthrop (Linda Lavin), and the two are ostensibly journeying to Paris to attend a comic-strip exhibition in which Wellman's work is included. But it turns out the exhibition is just an excuse for Wellman to track down his errant daughter Elsie (Laura Benson), who has left Cleveland to take up literature at the Sorbonne. Her professor, Christian Gauthier (Gerard Depardieu) happens to be a big fan of Wellman, and he corrals the cartoonist and Lena to go to the fashionable country estate of his mother Isabelle (Micheline Presle), who tries to put up with her son's American friends. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for I Want to Go Home
Resnais and Feiffer make for an odd pairing, as their satire falls almost flat on its face because it lacks wit, charm and sensibility.
Audience Reviews for I Want to Go Home
What a mess. Resnais must have been drunk when he made this. A satire about American-French relations with a bizarre cast. Adolph Green gives one of the most obnoxious performances ever as an American cartoonist who goes to Paris to visit his estranged daughter. Depardieu can't speak proper English. The film culminates in a Rules of the Game-ish costume party. It ends up as pretty much a live action cartoon.
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