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A Long Way From Home

1 h 19 min201316+
After achieving a comfortable retirement in the south of France with his wife of 50 years, Joseph finds himself bored, lonely and utterly miserable, gazing hopelessly at the younger women that pass by. One night, Joseph crosses paths with a young couple vacationing in the area and begins an unbecoming friendship with the woman that will put both of their marriages to the test.
Virginia Gilbert
Natalie DormerBrenda FrickerJames Fox
English [CC]
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3.5 out of 5 stars

42 global ratings

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George GoldbergReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
A portrayal of depression, and it's pretty depressing
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The Amazon description of this movie is simply wrong. The marriage of this older couple is never put to any test. Nor do they have a comfortable retirement in France, though they have a nice enough flat and enough money to eat most meals in a restaurant. It is not comfortable, because they are not happy there; it is never explained why they retired to France when she speaks hardly any French, they do not mix with the locals, and they have children and grandchildren elsewhere. Indeed, their situation is inexplicable, and his yearning after the young woman who with her boyfriend they befriend, is just pathetic. The only explanation of all this, which the movie touches upon in a doctor’s visit, is that he is clinically depressed; he certainly seems so.

If I were young, I might imagine that this is how old people live: lonely, lusting after youth, generally depressed. But I am older than this man appears to be, and I am none of those things. As a window into the last stage of life, then, this movie fails. As entertainment, it’s even worse: slow moving, boring, depressing. I give it 2 stars for good acting and pretty scenery, but as a way to spend an evening, I would rate it 0.
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Chrystal FairyReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Being old is awful?
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This is a depressing movie. It paints old age as a time of medicines, forgetting and a steady decline into the grave. A couple, married 50 years --- depressing enough in my book, just going through daily dotterings with each other. A young couple with all the uncertainty of life before them and a beautiful, hot summer in southern France. A recipe for comparisons and despair, no? I watched it through to the end, kind of curious to see where it would go; surely he would jump from the window, but no, just the horror of the end of life widening in front of him. Maybe I would have liked the movie more if the older male lead had been more handsome, his wife more pleasant to look at; as it was they just seemed, well, old.
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KathrynReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love is the water of life. ~Rumi
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It does not matter how old or gray or young or different we are, love is love, and that's that. Sometimes we need to be seen. Seen by another. Seen differently. Seen as we were. Seen for possibilities. Just seen. Lovely film of how people fall into routines, even after the fire has long extinguished, to find a fire within that resets the flame is a Godsend. Lovely film. The first 10 minutes of scenery, and beyond, are worth it all.
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Andy McKinneyReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful acting
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I gave it two stars for the great acting and an extra star for the most excellent filming. But the story was slow and pointless. The actors gave a very subtle telling of the tale, the tale just didn't interest us very much. We understand that the old guy isn't pleased with his life at this point. He is in his 70s, in good enough health, and living in Nimes, a beautiful place to be in the South of France. His wife loves him and has for 50 years. All good, no? Well no. He becomes fascinated with a young woman on holiday with her boyfriend (all the leads are English). Understandable. Who doesn't like pretty girls a half-century younger than one's current age? He finds ways to be near her but of course, it cannot develop into anything at all because she is, well, half a century younger than he is.
I am charmed by the ambiguities in the film. Are the older couple simply dim? They seem to have no interest in anything at all. Their conversations are empty words about trivial things. Or are they just used up? Has life sucked all of the joy from their existence, leaving them with little to work with? Or are they simply English and trained to politeness to the point of being emotionally comatose?
The only interesting thing in the film is also left unresolved. The wife shows a streak of ruthless practicality that may lead her to encourage her lifeless, depressed, unfun husband to jump out their apartment window to his death. Even this is only suggested.
James Fox and Brenda Fricker are perfect in fulfilling their assignment as the older couple. Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) has a luminous screen presence. We readily see how the old dude would want to hang around her.
This film has writer/director Virginia Goldbert as the creator. She has made a film about boring old people. Never mind the skill of the moviemakers, experiencing the movie is like watching corn grow in Iowa for an hour and twenty minutes. This film appeared in 2013. Goldbert has not directed a film since that year. Hummm.
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HelloThereReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Life after a certain age
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This movie shows the desire to jump, to love, to do things and really doesn't matter if you are old. In this movie you can feel the passion for life, the need to feel more than the everyday routine. I love it! I love the picture, sound, acting and the real day to day existence! To realize the importance to find a passion in your life!
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sharonReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not a bad film, but as all too often whoever wrote ...
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Not a bad film, but as all too often whoever wrote the description doesn't know what they are doing. I don't believe that Joseph was absolutely miserable. Maybe he was fantasizing about how life could be different, could have been different, but who doesn't wonder about things like that. He seemed to believe that he should have been much younger than he was. Retired, well off, reasonably healthy, with much to be thankful for is not absolute misery.
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Wendy MartinezReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pass this one by
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I kept waiting for something to happen. I'm sorry to say nothing ever does. Hahaha. Give this one a pass
john k.Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
great acting, well done.
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The poor elderly wife, she is devoted to her husband, but he still thinks he has a shot at a younger girl. Hopeless cause, puts his wife through a lot of pain, at this rate, he will probably take his sex addiction and unresolved baggage to the grave with him. Sad for him, so common with men all over the world.
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