Best Movies by Farr

Farewell, Home Sweet Home

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What's it About

A young man (Tarielashvili) of rich birth leaves his family chateau every morning and goes to work washing dishes and cleaning windows in Paris. He pursues a pretty waitress (Hainque), but she prefers a poor worker (Bas) posing as a well-to-do man about town. The matriarch (Lavina) flies to and from the chateau in a helicopter, leaving her boozy husband (Iosseliani) to play with firearms and a toy train. Just one happy family!

Why we love it

Georgian born, France dwelling Iosseliani uses a fly-on-the-wall approach to observe a cross-section of Parisian citizens, including homeless winos and the haute bourgeoisie. The director proves himself a master of tracking shots as his fluid camera connects the desultory vignettes. Social critique (Madame entertains with a stork on her shoulders!) and a lack of dialogue link Iosseliani to Bunuel, Renoir and Tati, but there’s a contemporary, political subtext to his work. Absurdity meets social realism in this loopy take on supposedly “civilized” society. 

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"