Switzerland's official entry for "Best Foreign Language Film" at the 82nd Academy Awards®, HOME is a mesmerizing fable of modern family life starring internationally renowned actress Isabelle Huppert. Huppert plays Marthe, a happy-go-lucky mother whose family enjoys an idyllic existence in their isolated, ramshackle home, which edges onto an abandoned highway. Almost entirely cut off from society at large, they forge their own utopia. Everything changes when city trucks roll in to complete the road's construction, allowing rush hour traffic to start rumbling by. Refusing to give up their solitude, Marthe, her husband Michael (Olivier Gourmet), and their three children resort to increasingly desperate measures to insulate themselves from the pollution creeping inside their windows.
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Holy dysfunctional family!!! This is right up there with "Dogtooth". You feel such desolate isolation while watching this film, yet you cant look away!!! Great film!
Odd, but amusing family saga.
Very interesting. Unusual situation and family dynamics
Well acted. Fine movie.
Unique and interesting plot but without much background about this family, it was hard to understand why the mother was so against moving and why this family couldn't find any other way to make their life more livable than suffocating. The synopsis didn't seem right about the movie either. The father didn't build up the walls in the house to avoid pollution, it was more about the noise and to separate them from the noise and all sudden changes that they didn't want to accept.
Enjoyed it. Too grim to be called a comedy (although it does have its absurd moments).
Wonderful movie--although a bit over-the top at the end. I so enjoy Huppert--the ultimate actor.
Nice visuals, sweet story.
Very interesting. Intense journey with such intimacy and vulnerability.
A very poetic expression of Love with very very good actors.
Huppert fans will certainly love this. Here again Isabelle takes on a role as a seemingly happy normal woman and good mother of a nice family with big mental problems. And at the beginning of the film these problems aren’t so apparent but become evident as the story progresses. The movie reminded me a lot of “BUG”, a similar cinematic fable revealing how fear and madness can become highly contagiousness as it does here sweeping through this entire family.
An anxiety ridden journey into the heart of a once peaceful and content family, now invaded by progress. "They are coming." And as with all things, the yin is met with the yang, the intrusion is countered with avoidance, via withdrawal and finally by complete submission. An unusual family from the outset, their transformation is a tragic and powerful statement. It takes a film such as this to wake us from out exhaust fume filled stupor. We are all, on some level, refugees from the world made from progress. An utterly brilliant film. And Isabelle Huppert to boot. Wow.
HOME is an amazing film. Be careful though; it gets incredibly dark in the second act.
If you don't think that cars and noise make people crazy, give this movie a chance to change your mind.
Interesting commentary on the human craving for continuity despite the invasion of profound change. Characters were well-crafted and allowed intergenerational points-of-view. Additionally, each character magnificently assumed the matriarchal role to keep the status quo during a very stressful and exhausting transition for this family.