A Loving Father ( Aime ton p鑽e ) ( Honor Your Father )
Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In the country of France, the writer Leo Shepherd lives with his daughter Virginia, who organizes his life. When the Swedish Academy awards Leo with the Nobel Prize for Literature, his son Paul unsuccessfully tries to contact him by phone, but Virginia does not allow Paul to talk to his father. Leo decides to go to Stockholm driving his motorcycle, and Paul follows him by car trying to speak with Leo. While trying to escape from Paul, Leo evolves in an accident on the road with another bike, a car and a truck and Paul kidnaps his slightly injured father. The police commit a mistake in the identification of one of the victims of the accident and announce the death of Leo. Meanwhile, Paul forces his father to listen to him, and along their conversation, a resentful relationship from both sides is disclosed. ...A Loving Father ( Aime ton p鑽e ) ( Honor Your Father )
- Language : French
- Package Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 83.16 Grams
- Director : Jacob Berger
- Media Format : Import, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 100 minutes
- Actors : Gerard Depardieu, Julien Boisselier, Guillaume Depardieu, Sylvie Testud, No駑ie Kocher
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : DV1
- ASIN : B003DA2GOC
- Number of discs : 1
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As Paul opens up emotionally, and Leo reciprocates, we realize they're both damaged goods: The 28-year-old had a spell with drugs, and Leo, once an inveterate womanizer, confesses he's now dried up as a writer. More than once, the pic plays like a twisted version of Ingmar Bergman's '50s classic, "Wild Strawberries," also centered on a distinguished personality recalling his youth and shortcomings as he journeys to accept an award.
Jean-Claude Petit's orchestral score turns what could have been a by-the-numbers father-son drama into a kind of emotional thriller, and the sense of dislocation from reality is heightened by Berger's direction, which is speckled with offbeat touches and humor. (Helmer's only previous feature was the 1990 "Angels," followed by telemovie work.) Ending is refreshingly free of saccharine melodrama, with a dreamlike, ironic coda.
Supporting cast is solid, with Testud essaying another of her brittle roles as the daughter who can't bear to see her father squander his talent.
But the main show is between the two Depardieus, in a piece of casting that resonates beyond their roles onscreen. In this one pic, Gerard reclaims his position as one of Europe's finest actors, after a recent series of unwise choices. Here he settles comfortably into a late-middle-aged persona that doesn't rely on eccentricities or pure physicality, while Guillaume definitely comes of screen age."