The House I Live In

Synopsis: From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Eugene Jarecki
Production: Abramorama Entertainment
  4 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

Very well, I'll smoke in the hall.

May I come in?

Mind my smoking?

Are you here on vacation?

Yes, on my way to the sea at Sochi.

First I wanted a little visit

with the parents.

Mom, where's Konstantin?

He'll be right back.

Mother is living with my kid brother

- not in Moscow.

I was studying medicine ...

Go on.

You find it interesting?


I fell ill in my second year

and had to leave.

I began designing textiles.

Do you like it?

Very much.

And this?

Even more.

I hate them.

I once dreamed

of becoming a real artist.

You have so many books!

"Determining the Age of Minerals"

They aren't my books.

Good morning.

Don't ... please ...

She's another man's wife.

And I love her, get that?

So what?

You were going to Sochi.

Go ahead.

What are you doing here?

Teacher's sick.

I wanted to ask you a question ...

Suppose you were grown up ...

and had a husband who loved you ...

and he went away on a trip ...

and another man made love to you.

What would you do?

I don't know.

I'm off to my acting lesson.

Do you know what it means

to be an actress?

On the stage she suffers,

makes audiences cry ...

then comes home and has supper.

She dies, ... really dies ...

and then ...

gets up and makes a bow.

It seems to be a safe profession ...

but every role she plays

costs her a bit of her heart.

It is a hard profession

and not as safe as it seems.

When I was 16 I didn't realize that.

Have you been on the stage so long?

And I have to study years and years!

Time passes quickly.

Recite something.

You must be more natural, dear.

But there is so much feeling

in that piece!

Do you know what I was thinking?

I was wondering why people don't fly.

Sometimes I fancy I'm a bird.

When you stand on the top

of a hill it seems as if ...

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Eugene Jarecki

Eugene Jarecki is an American dramatic and documentary filmmaker whose works include The House I Live In, Reagan, Why We Fight, The Trials of Henry Kissinger, Freakonomics, Quest of the Carib Canoe and The King. Why We Fight and The House I Live In were both awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, in 2005 and 2012 respectively. The King had its North American premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, following its international premiere at Cannes Film Festival in 2017. Beyond his work in film, Jarecki is also a public thinker on matters of U.S. defense, social justice, and foreign policy, and is the author of The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril (Simon & Schuster, 2008). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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