I'm Going Home

The great Michel Piccoli warms Oliveira's autumnal work on art and aging, one of the director's most accessible, charming films and a huge hit in Europe and the United States. Piccoli is a successful theater actor in Paris whose wife, son, and daughter-in-law perish in a car accident; left with only his young grandson as family, he now lives semi-comfortably “with my solitude.” Sparring with his agent over various offensive offers, he finally escapes his comfort zone for a role in a film version of Joyce's Ulysses. New job or no, though, there's always Paris in the spring, coffee shops and long walks, and the love of a young child with which to while away the days. Wry appearances by Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich echo the interrelationships among theater, cinema, and life, but most of all I'm Going Home is a hymn to the wonders that life offers, and to the rebirths that occur when one steps from one stage to another.

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