Despite suffering from metaphor overload, Home generally manages to be engaging and entertaining. Isabelle Huppert and Olivier Gourmet star as a middle class couple attempting to raise their three kids in an isolated, ramshackle house atop a golden meadow. The tableau is right out of an Andrew Wyeth painting, save for one fact: running across their front yard is an unfinished strip of freeway; a relic from a road building project abandoned ten years earlier.
But, like the best fairy tales, Home can be enjoyed on a simple level, without probing for its deep, hidden morals. The depiction of this unique family’s daily life is filled with moments of warmth and offbeat humor, and with Huppert and Gourmet, we get a chance to watch a couple of consummate actors at work. Their subtle performances are dialed in just right, and give this fanciful yarn an essential edge of credibility. Without them, the film could simply be dismissed as a sort of live-action cartoon. With them, Home becomes a pleasurable and intriguing place to be.
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