2009, Switzerland-France-Belgium, 95’, Color, French
Director: Ursula Meier
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet
2009 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard
The place where you call home is worth to be fight for it. The melancholic, yet burlesque feature debut by Ursula Meier as she tells the claustrophobic drama of a family who endure all the weird obstacles just to remain in their lonely home.
An empty highway extends out as far as the eye can see in the middle of a quiet and barren landscape. Just a few meters near this road, there stands a lonely house with a little garden. In this house lives a family. Then summer begins and the unexpected thing happens: highway is to be put into use…
Once disused road outside the front door is turned into a rammed dual carriageway! Refusing to move, Marthe, Michel and their three children find innovative ways to adapt to their new environment. Despite the noise, the lead poisoning and hundreds of strangers on the road and suspicions about the highway’s unknown long-term dangers, the family continue to resist for their home.
Remaining in the disrupted household might not be so easy, but it’s still their home. And they know that one should not leave where they call home so easily. in this revers-road story, the dramatic and hilarious struggle of Marthe and her family to continue their happy-go-lucky routine despite the daily stress of crowded highway will surprise you in unexpected ways…