In Ursula Meier’s stunning theatrical debut (the official Swiss submission for this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Film), a family’s peaceful existence is threatened when a busy highway is opened right next to their isolated property. As the sounds and fumes of the modern world begin to fill their home, each member of the family (including Isabelle Huppert and Oliver Gourmet, both in tour-de-force performances) finds themselves pushed to dangerous extremes.—Lorber Films
Ursula Meier (born 24 June 1971) is a French-Swiss film director who received the Best Director award at the 2008 Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême [Angoulême French-Language Film Festival] for her first theatrical feature, Home, which won the 2009 Swiss Film Prize for Bester Spielfilm [Best Film] as well as Bestes Drehbuch [Best Screenplay] (shared with Antoine Jaccoud). It also received France’s César nomination for Meilleur Premier Film [Best First Film] and a Best Film nomination at Argentina’s Mar del Plata Film Festival.
A native of Besançon, the capital of the Franche-Comté region in eastern France, near the Swiss border, Ursula Meier graduated from Belgium’s Institut des Arts de Diffusion [Institute of Visual Arts] and served as assistant director to the internationally-renowned Swiss auteur, Alain Tanner, on his films Fourbi [Gear] (1996) and Jonas et Lila, à demain [Jonas and Lila, ‘Till Tomorrow] (1999). She won her first major film… read more
Ursula Meier's debut feature 'HOME' is an interesting take on familial disconnect, with an eco parable subtext. Some fantastic performances, but it goes overboard in it's final third, with melodrama and unwarranted psychothrills aplenty. Read my full review here: http://366movies.com/2012/12/01/327home/
Isabelle Huppert and Olivier Gourmet: two of my favorite French actors. They work well together here.
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