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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE

HOUSE OF D

TFF 2004
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE HOUSE OF D [TFF 2004]

In his feature directorial debut, David Duchovny masterfully recreates the experience of being a teenager in the 1960s. Tommy is a New York City prep school student with the usual teenage male pre-occupations: winning acceptance from his peers, understanding the opposite sex, bending the system to fit his needs, and trying to humiliate his French teacher. He also has a good friend in Pappas, the simple-minded custodian at his high school (played with characteristic flair by Robin Williams). Tommy's efforts to protect Pappas stir up trouble, however, and lead to serious repercussions with his mother (Téa Leoni), his school, and his friends. He also encounters a mysterious woman he calls "Lady," who sets him on the path to manhood. Much of the film is told in flashback, with Duchovny himself appearing as the adult Tommy. Music plays an important role here, as beloved tunes from the '60s accompany Tommy on his exploits in New York City. The story of a boy, on the cusp of being a man, forced to make manly choices, House of D is often funny, but always touching.

In his feature directorial debut, David Duchovny masterfully recreates the experience of being a teenager in the 1960s. Tommy is a New York City prep school student with the usual teenage male pre-occupations: winning acceptance from his peers, understanding the opposite sex, bending the system to fit his needs, and trying to humiliate his French teacher. He also has a good friend in Pappas, the simple-minded custodian at his high school (played with characteristic flair by Robin Williams). Tommy's efforts to protect Pappas stir up trouble, however, and lead to serious repercussions with his mother (Téa Leoni), his school, and his friends. He also encounters a mysterious woman he calls "Lady," who sets him on the path to manhood. Much of the film is told in flashback, with Duchovny himself appearing as the adult Tommy. Music plays an important role here, as beloved tunes from the '60s accompany Tommy on his exploits in New York City. The story of a boy, on the cusp of being a man, forced to make manly choices, House of D is often funny, but always touching.

Film Information
Year: 2004
Length: 95 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
About the Director(s)

House of D is the first feature film written and directed by David Duchovny. Born and raised in New York City, he attended Princeton University and received his Master's Degree in English Literature from Yale. As an actor, Duchovny gained worldwide acclaim for the Fox series The X-files. Prior to the series, Duchovny won critical recognition for his work in such films as Kalifornia, Chaplin, and The Rapture. Other film credits include The X-Files Movie, Return to Me, Evolution, Zoolander, and Full Frontal for Steven Soderbergh. In 2003, Duchovny was nominated for his comic performance on The Bonnie Hunt Show, and he had previously won an Emmy for The X-Files. In addition, he received an American Comedy Award for his appearance on The Larry Sanders Show.

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