Comment j'ai tué mon père (My Father and I) (2001)



Critic Consensus: How I Killed My Father is a penetrating character study of father-son ties.

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This French drama from acclaimed director Anne Fontaine highlights a wealthy, upper-class family's involvement with each other after their father figure passes away. Versailles gynecologist Jean-Luc (Charles Berling) is first seen treating an age-fearing patient as he receives word of his father's death. Told in teasing flashback style, the characters relate to their dead father as if he were still alive. The father, Maurice (Michel Bouquet), reappears to expose the family's insecurities, especially in courting Jean-Luc's classy, beautiful wife Isa (Natacha Regnier), who is charmed by him, and she begins to confess her innermost thoughts, such as her desire for children and her husband's affair with his Syrian assistant (Amira Casar). Patrick (Stephane Guillon), Jean-Luc's younger brother, also frets his career as a stand-up comedian while acting as Jean-Luc's chauffeur. But the most rigid conflict exists between Jean-Luc and Maurice, the latter once also a successful physician, who threw it all away to work in a distant country. Jean-Luc's rejection begins to grate on him, but his bourgeois existence prevents him from making any changes to it. The film also features Hubert Kounde, Francois Berleand, and Karole Rocher in supporting roles.
Art House & International , Drama
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Charles Berling
as Jean-Luc
Michel Bouquet
as Maurice
Amira Casar
as Myriem
François Berléand
as Maurice's patient
Hubert Kounde
as Jean-Toussaint
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Critic Reviews for Comment j'ai tué mon père (My Father and I)

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18)

Hushed but scalpel-sharp drama, a movie that'll probably send men in the audience home much quieter than they arrived.

Full Review… | December 19, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Watching these two actors play against each other so intensely, but with restraint, is a treat.

Full Review… | February 27, 2003
Miami Herald
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Trés French, trés fascinating psychodrama.

Full Review… | December 26, 2002
Dallas Morning News
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This is a harrowing movie about how parents know where all the buttons are, and how to push them.

Full Review… | November 22, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
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Cold, nervy and memorable.

Full Review… | November 21, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The film is about the relationships rather than about the outcome. And it sees those relationships, including that between the son and his wife, and the wife and the father, and between the two brothers, with incredible subtlety and acumen.

November 2, 2002
Arizona Republic
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Audience Reviews for Comment j'ai tué mon père (My Father and I)

Mildly absorbing Freudian duel between father and son doctors -- med students, take note! Dad is an Albert Schweitzer swashbuckler, who has run a series of shaky clinics for the destitute of Africa. In rebellion, the son becomes a fatuous and wealthy "gerontologist" who seems to take special pleasure in telling his elderly male patients how decayed they are looking. Watch as these two compete over who's the biggest hypocrite and who **really** understands neglected daughter-in-law Natacha Regnier.

Matthew Corey
Matthew Corey

How I Killed My Father (or My Father and I) is a rather dull and pondering French drama about a middle-aged doctor who finds himself confronted with his long-lost father. The doctor and the father proceed to engage in a psycological battle with the doctor's wife, lover and brother caught in the middle. The film had some interesting moments of solid drama but in general they were too few and far between. The story seemed to drag and in the final analysis none of the characters were even remotely likable.

John Chandler
John Chandler

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