In The Homecoming, adapted from the play by Harold Pinter, Michael Jayston brings his wife Vivien Merchant home to visit his long-estranged family. Jayston's father Paul Rogers is a washout, his uncle Cyril Cusack is on the edge of senility, and his brothers Ian Holm and Terence Rigby are, respectively, a slimy pimp and a brutish boxer. The sparser the dialogue, the thicker the tension in the air. Though British in origin, The Homecoming was presented as part of the American Film Theatre series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Pinter plays on the tension of 'civilized society' revealing the animal natures trapped inside. This is a realtime, visceral process and the first time you see it can be a strange, unnerving shock. There's no "redemption" here, these guys are hopeless - but the final scene shows the pathetic need of this "family" for some kind of actual love, which may have come from the mother but which now only this disturbed and self-destructive woman can supply. Try "The Servant" - Pinter's best screen adaptation.
I would say an excellent film version of the stage play. Dialogue is "Pinteresque," or surreal, illogical, and maybe annoying as compared to normal conversation. Although quite tedious in its development, the plot and the outcome of the returning couple's plans for "the family" makes the play very worthwhile. A very sick group!!