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

all you had to do was lift

your arms and fly away.

Shall we try it again?

You try, Ksenia Nikolayevna.

I have.

What I said was from a play.

Glad to see you back,

Dimitri Fyodorovich.

I knocked and knocked.

Were you asleep?

Come, dear,

I won't go away again.

Meet my son.

Give the baby some peace.

He just stands and smokes.

Says he loves her.

Speak to him.

Tell him he mustn't.

How can I?

But she's married.

I'll speak to him

when he comes back from Sochi.

Don't be nasty to her -

she's so young.

Did I behave like that

when I was young?

I can't bear the sight of her!


Why, I'm grown up!

Many happy returns.

Who is it?

Oh, Sergei.

I thought it was a guest.

Come in, Sergei.

Gone? Run after him.

Why should I?

As if I cared!

Ah, so he's decided to come back.

We promised to go.

They're expecting us.

Has someting gone wrong at work?

Don't forget the perfume.

Shall we give her a book as well?

Perhaps "Structural Geology"?

Lida, what's the trouble?

Come along.

Are geologists ever

in mortal danger?


How simply wonderful!

Why aren't you dancing, Galya?

Do come in for a minute.

I can't. I haven't been late

for a performance in 40 years.

And tonight is a closing performance.

Best wishes.

Turn off the music, Dad.

- Why?

- For an elocution lesson.

If you don't like it

you can leave.

She's stage-struck.

Why is it people don't fly?

Why is it they don't fly

like birds?

Sometimes I fancy I'm a bird ...

and have but to lift my arms

and fly away.

Go on, go on, we're listening.

Go on with your fish.

I'm sorry, Sergei.

I must be no good at all.

They ate fish while I recited.

- Were they at your party?

- Yes.

He didn't eat fish, did he?

No, not he.

"Go on with your fish!"

How do you like that?

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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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