Crass comedy about culture shock and family ties. Cranky Cleveland cartoonist Joey Wellman (Green) agrees to attend an exhibition of his work in Paris in an effort to reunite with his estranged daughter Elsie (Benson), who's studying at the Sorbonne. Elsie is ashamed of her dad but the scholar she's trying to impress, Christian Gauthier (Depardieu), is a big fan of American comic books and is thrilled to befriend Joey, who can't adjust to French culture. Joey's cartoon cat characters pop up in animated thought balloons to offer their own comments. English and French with subtitles.
Cartoon Patriotism actingoutpolitics at 2010-08-05 20:40:26
We, Americans, from our childhood are encouraged to identify with endless cartoon characters that as our internal objects (sitting in our unconscious, defining our reactions and having become a part of who we are) influences our behavior even when we have grown up. Resnais? film shows us ourselves when we as adults are in a permanent (direct or silent) dialogue with cartoon personages and how this fact cripples our adulthood by making us unable to handle the challenges of the real world.
Resnais analyzes how relations between US and Europe today has become an exchange of American cartoon world view with attempts by some French scholars to assimilate it through finding its fake intellectual elaboration.
We see how American globalism in cartoon boots is fusing with the French intellectual sophistication to the cultural detriment of both sides.
The film is funny, but our desire to have fun is defined by film?s images as phony, and our laughter debunks itself ? becomes impregnated by shame and pain.
?I want to go home? is an impressive intellectual and artistic achievement. I am not sure that we deserve it.
Nobody expected from Adolph Green, a famous Hollywood composer, such an impressive performance as an actor, which suddenly made him an equal partner to Gerard Depardieu.
Read the article ?Cultural Apocalypse by Means of Comedy? with the analysis of shots from the film (posted on Dec. 28, 2009) at: