"What a gift! What a joy! Just when the cinematic landscape feels like a vast, boring desert of sameness, along comes a triumph of low budget brilliance like Larry Holden's "My Father's House" -- a beautiful, delicate study of men's lives and relationships. The film was so good I could hardly believe it. I held my breath as I watched it, waiting for a false note, a weak line delivery, or a sentimental moment. But there was none. Holden probes his central characters' emotions without a single misstep. Watch carefully because this film is as subtle as our most interesting interactions in life. Holden understands that with men in particular, everything or almost everything emotional is hidden under the surface, between the lines, in the depths -- and the miracle (and this film is miraculous) is that he finds a way to take us down there into the emotional depths of his characters' lives to help us to see what is going on inside them. The succession of scenes may at first seem random or haphazard, but shot by shot Holden wonderfully weaves the strands together to tell the story of a life. One of the truest, subtlest, best films I've seen in years."

— Ray Carney
Author of Cassavetes on Cassavetes
Quoted from a review published at www.cassavetes.com


"It's amazing how affecting the right words can be when they're presented without gimmicks or embellishments. My Father's House, a beyond-indie production from 2002, attains that rare mixture of power and subtlety precisely because it never gilds the lily. Like The Blair Witch Project, it turns its budgetary shortcomings into a stylistic asset -- in this case by focusing on a fine script and strong performances. Writer-director Larry Holden is an actor himself (he played Katie Holmes' boss in Batman Begins) and he leans heavily upon his cast to deliver what his far-from-bottomless checkbook can't. And what do you know? The results are as strong and emotionally truthful as any piece of A-list Oscar bait... But a Hollywood production would have clarified the plot to the point of transparency, shoving every twist and turn in our face so as not to lose a single note. My Father's House demands more than that: careful attention is required to grasp what it's trying to say, and to understand the meaning behind the words. The payoff is worth the effort... Holden likely couldn't make this film outside of his own auspices; even small production houses aren't set up for the delicacy to which he aspires. It's heartening, then, to realize that films like this can still arrive under their own power -- that an artist with a vision can stay true to it, even when the odds favor 40-foot billboards and multiplex saturation. My Father's House isn't an easy film to find (it took three years to reach our doors here at Flipside), but those who seek it out will find a rare and touching treasure: the kind of film that does what far more prominent pieces can only dream of doing. "

— Rob Vaux
Quoted from a review published at www.flipsidemovies.com


"My Fatherís House is a powerful, reflective film, showing what remains when we are left behind. Holden is able to honor family legacy by subtly displaying threads in a familyís cloth, similar characteristics that weave from one generation to the next. Watch this film carefully; the undertones are finely spun and easily missed. Remember nothing should go unnoticed because every character, every line, every scene is necessary for Holden to delicately display that characters with the least amount of face time can greatly impact our lives. He shows we must not forget them, for in one way or another they touched our lives making us who we are today. I appreciate Holden refusing to hold his audience by the hand telling them what to feel and when to experience it. Instead, we are forced to think for ourselves, remembering parallels in our own lives, revisiting our own history and to answer the constant question of the film, "Do you see yourself in me?" Amazingly the answer is yes. At the end of this film I was left wondering why there arenít more films of this type. Sadly, I recognize that although there may be enough soulful people to create these films, and an audience wanting intellectual stimulation, they are not available to the masses because there is no assurance they will become the blockbuster moneymakers that society craves."

— Stacy Allen
Colorado, U.S.A.

 

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