I’m Going Home (Je Rentre A La Maison)

BBB

(out of 5)


Sweet, minor tale about an aging actor () who learns on the night of a high-profile performance that his wife, daughter and son-in-law have been killed in a car accident, leaving him to take care of his grandson. A few years later, he is still unable to continue with his career until lucrative offers from the television and film industry come along to tempt him back to the limelight. However, the compromises they offer are ones he can no longer live with in light of the growing affection he feels for his young charge. Director Manoel de Oliveira lingers too much on some scenes and doesn’t really get a lot of great drama out of the story, but it is natural and honest and the performances are terrific. Features a wonderful appearance by  as a stage actor in Piccoli’s show and as a filmmaker who looks to cast Piccoli in his film version of James Joyce’s Ulysses.


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France/Portugal, 2001

Directed by

Screenplay and dialogue by Manoel de Oliveira, scenario consultant

Cinematography by

Produced by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cannes Film Festival 2001

Toronto International Film Festival 2001

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