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I'm Going Home

Manoel de Oliveira's 2001 drama is set in Paris (which has seldom looked better or been evoked more affectionately) and concerns a famous French actor in his 70s (Michel Piccoli at his best) learning to cope with solitude after an auto accident has claimed the lives of his wife, his daughter, and his son-in-law. The film shows its protagonist at work—costarring with Catherine Deneuve in Ionesco's Exit the King, playing Prospero in a French production of The Tempest, and trying to speak English in a film adaptation of Joyce's Ulysses, directed by John Malkovich. But Oliveira is equally attentive and respectful as the hero enjoys such everyday rituals as playing with his grandson or reading the newspaper over his daily expresso. For a film about bereavement this is surprisingly light, and while its simplicity is deceptive, it may be Oliveira's most accessible work to date, a masterpiece by one of the world's greatest filmmakers. In English and subtitled French.

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Director:

  • Manoel de Oliveira

Cast:

  • Michel Piccoli
  • Antoine Chappey
  • Catherine Deneuve
  • John Malkovich
  • Leonor Baldaque
  • Leonor Silveira

Writer:

  • Manoel de Oliveira

Producer:

  • Paulo Branco

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