Quiet, Creepy, Absurd, Home Wows Critics
Acclaimed French film makes US debut
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2009 11:55 AM CST

(Newser) – Ursula Meier’s acclaimed Home, in which a family is driven insane by the new highway running past their idyllic country house, is opening in the US. Should you be excited? Critics say yes:

  • This is a “bewitching dream of a film,” says Sukhdev Sandhu of the Daily Telegraph. Leading lady Isabella Huppert “has such mesmerizing presence that I would happily pay to watch her paint a wall for 90 minutes.”

  • Home is one of the strangest horror films” in years, says Rob Daniel of Sky Movies. Though it’s slow in the middle, it gets under your skin, and its climax “genuinely chills.”
  • Its fear-of-progress theme makes Home feel oddly like sci-fi, says Jes Bickham of Filmstar. But “it’s a moving affair, presenting a family unit in all its messy, loving wonder.”
  • But Catherine Shoard of the Guardian was less impressed, calling it a “botched, but rather beautiful eco parable” that asks you to “cast aside common sense” and ignore the obvious question: “Why don’t they just move?”