• Publication date: September 1, 2010

The only way to move forward is to revisit the past House of D: A unique trip down memory lane

In Paris on the day of his 13-year-old son's birthday, American artist and expatriate, Tom Warshaw reminisces about his own upbringing in the 1970s in New York City. Born in the bohemian Greenwich Village, Tom lost his father to cancer at an early age, leaving his mother devastated and in a never-ending cycle of depression. Each day young Tommy would examine his mother's container of pills, counting each one to ensure she did not attempt to overdose. Unfortunately, she would eventually attempt to do so; rather than die, however, she was left in a permanent vegetative state.

In Paris on the day of his 13-year-old son's birthday, American artist and expatriate, Tom Warshaw reminisces about his own upbringing in the 1970s in New York City. Born in the bohemian Greenwich Village, Tom lost his father to cancer at an early age, leaving his mother devastated and in a never-ending cycle of depression. Each day young Tommy would examine his mother's container of pills, counting each one to ensure she did not attempt to overdose. Unfortunately, she would eventually attempt to do so; rather than die, however, she was left in a permanent vegetative state.

Tommy had an unusual friend, Pappas, a disabled 40-something adult with a childlike mind. Together they operated their own business delivering meats for the local butcher; while Tommy was at school, Pappas labored as the institution's janitor. As a student at the prestigious academy Tommy was expected to maintain an excellent academic record, and had little time for extracurricular activities. That also meant that he was discouraged from pursuing female relationships, since it would interfere with his studies. Nevertheless he fell in love with Melissa, and relentlessly attempted to win her love.

In his search for romance, a prisoner simply known as Lady would relay womanly knowledge to Tommy from her third story prison cell at the New York Women's House of Detention, a facility with open windows where inmates easily chatted, and sometimes taunted, passersby below. Occasionally, she would also attempt to score bags of weed with the boy's help.

As it became clear that Tommy was destined for something greater than his neighborhood block, Pappas became increasingly insecure, realizing that once his small friend leaves the city he will be once again alone. In a plea for his extended love, Pappas breaks into a local store to steal a bike for Tommy. The plan backfires however, and Pappas lands himself in jail.

Tommy decides to help Pappas and confesses to committing the crime, risking his mother's love and his status at the academy.

After Tom completes telling the story to his family he decides to return to his old neighborhood, and mends the wounds that were left behind. This entails reconnecting with Pappas, and sharing at least one final embrace.

The picture's soundtrack features a lush soundtrack including artists like The Doobie Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and many more. The House of D marked actor David Duchovny's big screen directorial debut.

Showing On: MBC MAX

Year: 2004

Duration: 96 minutes

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Starring:

David Duchovny

Anton Yelchin

Robin Williams

Tea Leoni

Director: David Duchovny

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual and drug references, thematic elements and explicit language.