Home (2008 film)

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Home
Home2008.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Ursula Meier
Produced by Denis Delcampe
Written by Ursula Meier
Antoine Jaccoud
Starring Isabelle Huppert
Cinematography Agnès Godard
Release date(s)
  • 18 May 2008 (2008-05-18)
Running time 98 minutes
Country Switzerland
Language French

Home is a 2008 Swiss drama film directed by Ursula Meier and starring Isabelle Huppert. The film was the official Swiss submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.[1]

Plot[edit]

Marthe (Isabelle Huppert) and Michel (Olivier Gourmet) live with their three children in a house next to an uncompleted highway. They use the deserted road as an extension to their property. For example, they have an inflatable swimming pool and the son as well as his friends use the highway to ride their bicycles. They have been living for ten years close to the highway and believe that it will not be used. One day without warning, construction workers begin to upgrade the road and the highway becomes open to traffic. Instead of leaving the house, the family continue to live there, despite the increased noise from the passing traffic. It used to be the case that the father would simply walk across the highway in order to use his car to get to work. This becomes more complicated as the highway becomes increasingly used by motorists. He and his children eventually have to use a tunnel in order to gain access to the outside world.

Their younger daughter, Marion (Madeleine Budd), becomes obsessed about the quality and cleanliness of her surroundings. She monitors the grass as it exhibits evidence of carbon monoxide emissions and is convinced that the family will die prematurely, or may fall ill, as a consequence of living in such close proximity to the highway. The elder daughter, Judith (Adélaïde Leroux), continues to lead her life of sunbathing out on the front lawn in her bikini, despite attracting unwanted attention from passing motorists. One day she decides to leave the house and does not return.

Meanwhile, the remaining family start to sound-proof their house by bricking themselves into the home. This includes blocking up all the windows and sealing all the ventilation points so no sound can get in. Confined in their own home, the pressure begins to take its toll on the family and they eventually leave their house.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Director Ursula Meier searched for a suitable location across Europe, before finding a spot in Bulgaria.[2] The road itself was already under construction and they then built the house next to the then-unused road.[2] Meier wrote the script specifically for Isabelle Huppert before she was cast.[3] Huppert was given the script while she was in Belgium, working on Joachim Lafosse's film Private Property.[4]

Awards[edit]

Festival Category Winner/Nominee Won
Bratislava International Film Festival Grand Prix Ursula Meier No[5]
César Award Best Cinematography Agnès Godard No[6]
Best First Film Ursula Meier No[6]
Best Production Design Ivan Niclass No[6]
Flying Broom Women's Film Festival FIPRESCI Award Ursula Meier Yes[7]
Lumiere Awards Best Technical Achievement Agnès Godard Yes[8]
Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Actress Isabelle Huppert Yes[9]
ADF Cinematography Award Agnès Godard Yes[9]
Best Film Ursula Meier No[9]
Reykjavík International Film Festival FIPRESCI Award Ursula Meier Yes[10]
Swiss Film Prize Best Emerging Actor or Actress Kacey Mottet Klein Yes[11]
Best Film Ursula Meier Yes[11]
Best Screenplay Ursula Meier and Antoine Jaccoud Yes[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home - Directed by Ursula Meier". indiewire. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Interview with Ursula Meier". littlewhitelies. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  3. ^ "The New Female Vision: Ursula Meier on her acclaimed first feature Home". birds-eye-view.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  4. ^ "Isabelle Huppert: interview". Time Out. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  5. ^ "International Competition of First and Second Feature Films". iffbratislava. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  6. ^ a b c "Pelican Films: Home". pelicanfilms. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  7. ^ "Meier's Home, Damla Sönmez win top prizes at Flying Broom festival". todayszaman. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  8. ^ Blair, Iain (2009-11-06). "Sixty-five countries vie for Oscar nom". variety.com. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  9. ^ a b c "23rd Mar del Plata Film Festival". mardelplatafilmfest. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  10. ^ "Festival Report: Reykjavik 2008". fipresci.org. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  11. ^ a b c "Swiss Films: Home". swissfilms.ch. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 

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