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Life for a rural family is turned upside down when a motorway, which was built beside their property 10 years ago, is finally opened.

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Jean-Claude Brialy,Adélaïde Leroux
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1 hour 33 minutes

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Genres Drama, International, Horror
Director Ursula Meier
Starring Jean-Claude Brialy, Adélaïde Leroux
Supporting actors Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet, Adelaide Leroux, Madeleine Budd, Kacey Mottet Klein
Studio Soda Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Movie Rambler on 19 May 2010
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French/Swiss director Ursula Meier debut feature film has been described as a road movie in reverse. Home (2008) involves a family of five, mum and dad played by Isabelle Huppert and Oliver Gourmet and their three children who for ten years have incorporated an abandoned motorway as part of their front garden. They use it for late night roller hockey, a paddling pool and an armchair straddle's the lanes with the family satellite dish hooked up from the crash barrier in the centre reservation. Then suddenly the family's private existence is shattered when the motorway is finally opened. Eldest daughter Julien (Adelaide Leroux) escapes while the remaining family members descend into the type of madness similar to that portrayed in Polanski's Repulsion (1965). The movie is a metaphor for the horrors of the modern world and the sad decline of the family unit, displaying the way freedom can descend into a claustrophobic existence. Great acting from all involved in this original story with fantastic camerawork from famous French cinematographer Agnes Godard with her marvellous use of light and dark.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Bailey on 14 Oct 2010
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A frighteningly comic view of what happens when a family living next to an unfinished and abandoned motorway suddenly find the project taken up again.
The noise, the traffic the sheer hell of trying to cross to the other side and the reactions of the various members of the family make this a film which tells us the futility of modern day living.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sft on 21 Nov 2010
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The easy-going lives of a family living right next to an unused motorway are thrown into turmoil when it unexpectedly opens. Their efforts to cope with the sudden noise, intrusion, and pollution become increasingly desperate as, during the heat of summer, they descend into madness. There are definite Ballardian overtones in Meier's touching movie. It's a captivating examination of how modern existence can tip even the most equanimous over the edge given the right circumstances. The performances are uniformly excellent and the script avoids melodrama, keeping its feet firmly on the ground even when the family falls apart. Captivating, thoughtful and ultimately redemptive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Aug 2012
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Isabelle Huppert is a French mother of three, whose husband goes off to work in a big green diesel Mercedes estate. Their youngest is a boy, about 8. Then a girl, about 14, who's studious and questioning. Eldest is a late-teen daughter who wears as little as possible, chain-smokes and sunbathes in a bikini on a lounger in the garden, with heavy metal pounding from a ghetto-blaster.

This scenario and scene is featured and remains with us most of the time, in one form or another. Oh, except that their rather run-down shabby house sits right bang next to a motorway, that carries no traffic, except as the biggest carpark imaginable for the family, who also use it as an extension to their property. They need to cross this bitumen desert to reach civilisation; work, shops and school for the kids.

One day, the boy sees trucks on the carriageway, whilst out on his bike. Soon after telling his father, who doesn't believe him, the motorway is resurfaced overnight. Radio reports say that it's the missing link in the national network and there's huge interest from the motoring public. The two youngest anticipate some new projects coming on.

What happens next is bizarre, believable and really rather frightening. And comical. By trying to live their (rather odd) lives exactly as before - crossing the road for school, shopping, bikini-sunbathing - all a few feet away from juggernauts and during a heatwave.

The way that the stakes against them get higher and naturally seem more bizarre, the more they try and carry on regardless, perhaps in the same way as if you tried to re-route an ant trail. Toward the end, you will start wondering where on earth all this can possibly lead to - I'm not going to spoil it for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tonkfan on 1 Feb 2011
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Powerful and incredibly well acted, this film documents the gradual disintegration of a happy, loving, unworldly family as the modern world slowly takes over their lives. The motorway offers a fantastic analogy for lost innocence and the lack of control we all have over our environments.

So well acted it was almost too painful to watch at times, this is the only reason why I gave this four rather than five stars. I was so deeply affected by this film that I doubt whether I can ever watch it again.

That said, it should be watched by anyone who does not see the damage caused by increasing building and planning approval. Like helpless animals who don't know what to do, this family's structure crumbles and civilisation slowly crumbles as their home and way of life is gradually destroyed.
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By Ricky on 18 May 2014
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An eccentric family living aside an abandoned motorway find themselves driven insane as the motorway opens and completely changes their lives.

A truly thought-provoking movie of emotion. An uncensored look at a family on the verge of breaking down. This movie is well directed and written and I definately found it interesting. Worth a watch for sure.
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