"Being at Home with
Directed by Jean Beaudin
director Jean Beaudin's film centers on the violent
relationship between two radically different men: Yves, a casual thrill seeker and
prostitute, and Claude, a writer and student from a socially prominent family. Yves kills
Claude in a fit of passion. "The film succeeds in bringing us all to a universal
precipice and invites us to peer momentarily into the lonely void of
an unimaginable future" (Toronto Film Festival Program). Cinematography by
Thomas Vamos. With Roy Dupuis, Jacques Godin, Jean-Francois Pichette and Gaston Lepage.
French with English subtitles. color. 85 minutes.
"Being At Home With Claude ("BAHWC") is one of the most visually appealing films I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing, thanks in large part to the gorgeous cinematography sequences shot in
black & white of Yves' memory flashbacks while confessing his story of love and murder of Claude to a police detective.
Done in French, but with English subtitles if desired (and the main character of Yves is dubbed by the French Canadian actor himself - Roy Dupuis), BAHWC is a mesmerizing film that leaves you numb in the end. The singular performace by the actor, Roy Dupuis is electrifying. Dupuis gives practically a 45 minute monologue at the film's end, and the brilliant authenticity of it wraps you up so tightly into the world of Yves and Claude, that you sit stunned as the credits role at the film's end.
This film was chosen as Canada's entry into the 1992 Cannes Film Festival and one a prestigious award in its catagory. Dupuis' performance was spellbinding to say the least. Lastly, the film offered up one of the most hauntingly beautiful soundtracks I have ever heard. I HIGHLY reccommend it!"