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Comment J'ai Tue Mon Pere [DVD]

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  • Actors: Michel Bouquet, Charles Berling, Natacha Regnier, Amira Casar, Stephane Guillon
  • Directors: Anne Fontaine
  • Producers: Philippe Carcassonne
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Pathe
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2003
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008OP5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,105 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jean-Luc, a highly successful doctor, thinks that he has forgotten his father, Maurice; a father who left so long ago and who has been in touch so rarely, it's as if memory - or resentment - were a waste of time. But all of a sudden, Maurice reappears from his long exile and, without any apparent misgivings, he tries to re-enter his children's lives.

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Cool, subtle psychological drama is a French speciality, and Anne Fontaine's Comment J'ai Tue Mon Pere ("How I Killed My Father") is an ultra-classy specimen of the genre. A study in the way emotional paralysis gets passed on from one generation to the next, it often recalls Philip Larkin's famous lines, "They fuck you up, your mum and dad; they may not mean to, but they do."

Jean-Luc, a wealthy gerontologist to the ageing rich of Versailles (that's the town, rather than the ex-royal palace) gets a letter from Africa telling him his father's dead. Since his parent walked out on him and his brother when they were little, he's not too shattered by the news. But next thing he knows, the old boy has shown up and invited himself in for an indefinite stay. And under his blandly disruptive gaze, all the hidden faultlines in Jean-Luc's life--in his marriage, his relationships with his mistress and his failed-actor younger brother--start cracking wide open.

Fontaine's film has points in common with Nanni Moretti's masterly The Son's Room, which also showed a professional man's seemingly flawless life crumbling under unforeseen family stresses. But befitting its Italian setting, that was a far warmer and less inhibited set-up. As Jean-Luc, Charles Berling's ice-blue eyes and chiselled good looks seem frozen in a mask of tight repression, and he's superbly matched by veteran actor Michel Bouquet as Maurice, his manipulative father. Both actors, and Stéphane Guillon as Jean-Luc's brother, are impeccably cast and it's easy to believe these three are closely related.

The stiffly formal architecture of Versailles makes an ideal backdrop, and there's a quietly ominous score from British composer Jocelyn Pook, who also scored Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. Ultimately Fontaine tantalisingly leaves us guessing whether Maurice really does return, or whether he's a ghost conjured! up from his son's guilt-ridden subconscious.

On the DVD: How I Killed My Father on disc offers nothing but the theatrical trailer; a missed opportunity given that Fontaine, whose fifth feature this is, is little-known outside France. The transfer is full-screen; visual and sound quality is flawless. --Philip Kemp

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Al on 15 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
A forty-year-old man's life is held up to scrutiny by the re-appearance of his estranged father. Both seem to lead hollow lives but who has made the right choices, who has been the most selfish,he who has run away or he who has condemned himself and his wife to shallow bourgeois conformity?

This is a complex, at times moving account of chances lost and chances taken, of loneliness and frozen emotions. That we care so much about these "superfluous" men is down to the subtle performances of the actors Charles Berling and Michel Bouquet, and they are supported by a quietly powerful score and fine cinematography. Another fine French film for grown-ups.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Denniss on 27 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
In spite of the adverse comments by other reviewers I found this film absolutely enthralling. The acting was superb as were the script and the cinematography. To say that this film is boring is, I'm afraid. an indication of the age we live in, nurtured on a diet of Hollywood films that generally require little mental effort or aesthetic sensitivity with a few outstanding exceptions.
Anyone who enjoys films that are both narratively and visually appealing and who likes challenging films that merit repeated viewing should certainly purchase this. They will not be disappointed.
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I've been learning French and the tutor suggested we buy these films and watch them to help familiarise ourselves with spoken French. I have to be honest and say, I did not find as easy as I hoped. I am not really a fan of French cinema anyway and, although acceptable, the sound quality would need to have been a bit better for a neophyte like me trying to pick up on the subtleties of the language.
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