Ursula Meier • 2008 • Switzerland
Marthe and her family live off the grid, in an eden of their own creation, until a construction vehicle arrives.
The arrival of a construction vehicle, however, pierces their tranquil, hermetic existence—before long a disused highway has been re-opened, and the family finds their home situated in the midst of rush-hour traffic. While the privileges of clean air, quietude and privacy are thus denied them, Marthe remains determined to stay no matter the cost.
Ursula Meier's debut film premiered at Cannes' Semaine de la Critique, ; Mar del Plata, where it won Best Actress and Best Cinematography. Home was Switzerland's official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.
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