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

A Gorsky Film Studios

Production, Moscow

I. Olshansky


L. Kulidjanov, Yu. Segel

V. Shumsky

V. Bogomolov

Yu. Biryukov

D. Belevich


The Davidov Family:

Mother V. Telegina

N. Yelizarov

V. Zemlianikin

Ye. Matveyev

R. Shorokhova

Nikolai, her husband: P. Shalnov

Dmitri Kashirin:
M. Ulyanov

Lida, his wife:
E. Mishkova

K. Yelanskaya

The Volinsky Family:

Z. Bolotova

K. Alperova

L. Kulidjanov

Released by Sovexportfiln

The House I Live In

- How nice!

- ....

- Here, let me help you.

- ....

We've got to send a cat

in first, for luck.

We'll send Sergei instead.

Some others have come.

Galya! You're a sight!

What a lot of ragamuffins!

- Somebody's knocking.

- It's next door.

I'll manage alone.

Go and have dinner.

You've got a rehearsal.

Will he really jump?

Bring another rope.

You'll be late for your music lesson!

I don't want to go.

Then don't.

You can't go looking like that!

Must I stay here long?

Until the new tenants come.

As if I cared!

It's the driver who brought

out things.

Thanks. What's your name?


I found this kitten ...

and thought you might want it.

Put on your coat.

I'm to be transferred ...

to a touring car.

Who are you?

Nobody. Just sitting here.

We're to be neighbours.

I'm Dimitri Kashirin.

And I'm Klavdia Davidova.

Where are your things?

- Is that all?

- Afraid so.

I'm a geologist.

I have a cot I can give you.

And this is my ...

Are you sure I'm yours?

A palace, eh?

Mom sends you those chairs.

Thanks, neighbour.

Hang up your coat. Got a nail?

Not even a nail.

Here, Sergei. It's pyrite.

Where'd you find it?

On the bank of the Volga.

He goes everywhere collecting stones.

- What are nails made of?

- Iron.

And who finds iron?


If a geologist finds a stone

like this ...

it means there must be iron nearby.

What must you do

if you want to be a geologist?

I know. Study your lessons.

And be able to get up

early in the morning.

It's hard to get up

when everybody else is asleep.

Sergei, come and get washed!

Sergei - 1935.

Sergei - 1941.

Hands off! Dimitri Fyodorovich

gave them to me.

A fine profession! Never home!

This time I'll come home for good.

Nothing is going to happen to me.

It's myself I feel sorry for.

Can't you understand?

Afraid I can't.

Goodbye, folks!

Good luck, Katya.

Off again?

- Where'd you get this?

- Dad made it.

Can I have some dinner?

Serve yourself, dear.

I'm sure to die.

Try it yourself ...

The pains just won't start ...

I suppose it takes time.

Gone again.

Deserts ... oases ... must be great!

For whom?

Maybe it'll go away?

I'm the husband.

Write us a note, Katya.

Your turn next, Lida.

Plenty of time.

You may put it off

till it's too late.

Gayla! You're late!

I don't want to study music.

But I've got to

if I'm going to be an actress.

I wonder if it'll be a boy

or a girl.

It's all over! A girl!

Nine pounds. Is that a lot?

More than average.

Have you seen her?

They don't let anybody in.

Hello, sis!

I'm looking for the Davidovs.

Konstantin! My son!

This must be Katya's husband.

Katya gave birth today.

A nine-pounder!

Above the average.

Good for Katya!

And what about me?

Same old story!

Lida, meet my eldest.

Come and celebrate with us.

What have you named the baby?


Here's to Katya!

To Granny and Grandad!

I'm getting tipsy ...

Let's drink to Dimitri Fyodorovich.

He'd have been glad to join us.

I must go. Good night.

You've smoked up the room, son!

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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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