I’m Going Home (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   

Original title:  Je Rentre A La Maison

France/Portugal, 2001.  , , , , , , , .  Screenplay and dialogue by Manoel de Oliveira, scenario consultant .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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 Catherine Deneuve as a stage actor in Piccoli’s show and John Malkovich as a filmmaker who looks to cast Piccoli in his film version of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

European Film Award Nomination:  Best European Actor (Michel Piccoli)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2001

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