Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Frank Release date: April 15, 2005 Released by: Lions Gate Films
The House of D has potential which it fails to reach.
David Duchovny directs and plays Tom Warshaw an artist living in Paris married to a French beauty; they have a 13 year old son. Tom sees in his son the 13 year old he once was in New York City. The younger Tom played earnestly and effectively by Anton Yelchin (Hearts in Atlantis) learns a certain practical philosophy from a nameless inmate (singer Erykah Badu) through a prison window, the prison is The House of Detention. Her disembodied voice (that is his only contact) comes from an upper story prison window as she looks down on the street through a piece of mirror. The House of D today has been replaced by a garden.
Tom's remembrance of his coming of age time in New York is filled with the agony of an unstable mother (Tea Leoni) and his friendship with janitor named Pappass (Robin Williams) who is called retarded at the beginning and mentally challenged later. Williams' character is conveniently smart and limited to suit the needs of the script.
Yelchin is worth watching, he is quite effective and the idea of a ghost like voice coming from a space above the sidewalk in New York is potentially intriguing - so is the climax, but overall the film doesn't fill the need which it establishes in the beginning.
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