Home (2008 film)

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Film poster
Directed by Ursula Meier
Produced by Denis Delcampe
Written by Ursula Meier
Antoine Jaccoud
Starring Isabelle Huppert
Olivier Gourmet
Cinematography Agnès Godard
Edited by Susana Rossberg
Box Productions
Archipel 35
Need Productions
France 3 Cinéma
Distributed by Filmcoopi Zürich AG (Switzerland)
Diaphana Films (France)
Release date
  • 18 May 2008 (2008-05-18) (Cannes)
  • 29 October 2008 (2008-10-29) (France)
Running time
98 minutes
Country Switzerland
Language French
Budget €5.7 million[1]
Box office $2.5 million[2]

Home is a 2008 Swiss drama film directed by Ursula Meier and starring Isabelle Huppert and Olivier Gourmet. The film was the official Swiss submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.[3]


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.



Director Ursula Meier searched for a suitable location across Europe, before finding a spot in Bulgaria.[4] The road itself was already under construction and they then built the house next to the then-unused road.[4] Meier wrote the script specifically for Isabelle Huppert before she was cast.[5] Huppert was given the script while she was in Belgium, working on Joachim Lafosse's film Private Property.[6]


Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, reported an average score of 67, based on 12 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
Bratislava International Film Festival Grand Prix Ursula Meier Nominated[8]
César Award Best Cinematography Agnès Godard Nominated[9]
Best First Feature Film Ursula Meier Nominated[9]
Best Production Design Ivan Niclass Nominated[9]
Flying Broom Women's Film Festival FIPRESCI Award Ursula Meier Won[10]
Lumières Awards Best Cinematography Agnès Godard Won[11]
Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Actress Isabelle Huppert Won[12]
ADF Cinematography Award Agnès Godard Won[12]
Best Film Ursula Meier Nominated[12]
Reykjavík International Film Festival FIPRESCI Award Ursula Meier Won[13]
Swiss Film Prize Best Emerging Actor or Actress Kacey Mottet Klein Won[14]
Best Film Ursula Meier Won[14]
Best Screenplay Ursula Meier and Antoine Jaccoud Won[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Home". JP's Box-Office. 
  2. ^ "Home (2008)". Box Office Mojo. 
  3. ^ "Home - Directed by Ursula Meier". indiewire. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Interview with Ursula Meier". littlewhitelies. Archived from the original on 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  5. ^ "The New Female Vision: Ursula Meier on her acclaimed first feature Home". birds-eye-view.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  6. ^ "Isabelle Huppert: interview". Time Out. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  7. ^ "Home". Metacritic. 
  8. ^ "International Competition of First and Second Feature Films". iffbratislava. Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  9. ^ a b c "Pelican Films: Home". pelicanfilms. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  10. ^ "Meier's Home, Damla Sönmez win top prizes at Flying Broom festival". todayszaman. Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  11. ^ Blair, Iain (2009-11-06). "Sixty-five countries vie for Oscar nom". variety.com. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  12. ^ a b c "23rd Mar del Plata Film Festival". mardelplatafilmfest. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  13. ^ "Festival Report: Reykjavik 2008". fipresci.org. Archived from the original on 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  14. ^ a b c "Swiss Films: Home". swissfilms.ch. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 

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