- 12:53 PM, May 20
"Home" is the tale of a boisterous, middle class family that enjoys everyday life in a simple house that lies on a lush, grassy field next to an abandoned highway. With no neighbors or cars for miles, they revel in their happy, earthy existence - and each other's company. Michel (Olivier Gourmet) gets to work by hopping in his car on the other side of the empty stretch of road that seems to lead nowhere. Marthe (Isabelle Huppert) maintains an exuberant household defined by water-fights, sunning in the grass, communal bathing and other happy antics. Life is good - or at least pleasantly average.
When construction on the desolate highway suddenly begins, the danger and incessant whizzing of thousands of cars overpowers the family's every waking moment, and the dynamic changes. Mom refuses to leave the only home she can imagine, Dad begins to crack under the pressure of keeping the family safe and healthy - and the kids descend into paranoia over the threat of lead and carbon monoxide poisoning that lurks in the smoggy air. As much an ode to the sweetness of family life as a gnawing commentary on the ever-receding space on earth for natural living, Director Ursula Meier delivers a sensual and nuanced work that bubbles with environmental consciousness.