House of D by David Duchovny - Just watched a marvelous film written and directed by David Duchovny titled The House of D. It tells two stories: one of a 13 year-old boy coming of age in New York in the early 70's; the second of a 40-something man trying to remember his painful past and share it for the first time with his wife and his own 13 year-old son.
It's a wonderful, touching film, though I was left wanting in one respect. I wanted to know more about the struggle of Tommy, the man. How had his past affected him as an adult? We only see the result after 30 years.
David Duchovny wrote and directed a fantastic story, and also played the adult Tommy. Anton Yelchin plays 13 year-old Tommy, and does a superb job. He conveyed such soul and subtlety. This is an actor beyond his years. I expect a bright future for Anton. And then there's the irrepressible Robin Williams. He plays Tommy's best friend Pappass, who is mentally challenged. Oh, and Robin Williams' own daughter, Zelda Williams, plays Tommy's first love, Mellisa. Rounding out the cast is Duchovny's wife, Téa Leoni, who plays Tommy's widowed mother. Leoni does a fantastic job capturing the torment of a single mother's stuggle to keep it together after her husband dies. I really like Leoni. She can do it all. From comedy to drama, she's got range.
House of D Cast
Anton Yelchin .... Tommy Robin Williams .... Pappass Téa Leoni .... Mrs. Warshaw Erykah Badu .... Lady/Bernadette David Duchovny .... Tom Warshaw Frank Langella .... Reverand Duncan Zelda Williams .... Melissa Magali Amadei .... Coralie Warshaw Olga Sosnovska .... Simone Orlando Jones .... Superfly Bernie Sheredy .... Sasha (as Bernard Sheredy) Stephen Spinella .... Ticket Seller Alice Drummond .... Mrs. Brevoort Harold Cartier .... Odell Warshaw Mark Margolis .... Mr. Pappass
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