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Home is a 2003 Made-for-TV Movie directed by Richard Curson Smith. This is an adaptation from a short story by J. G. Ballard. It stars Antony Sher as Gerald Ballantyne, Matilda Ziegler as Paula Goddard, Deborah Findlay as Margaret Ballantyne, Guy Henry as Martin, Keith Allen as Repo Man, and Simon Nagra as Policeman.

A disturbing, darkly comic tale of a man who attempts to sever all contact with the outside world, by simply staying at home. As Gerald Ballantyne rids himself of the surface clutter in his life he is lead to a startling discovery; a mystery about the house begins to reveal itself, though possibly only in his fevered mind. The changes begin to obsess and take control of Ballantyne, bring his experiment to a chilling climax.

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This film provides examples of:

  • Go Mad from the Isolation: This is what happens to Gerald Ballantyne as a result of staying at home and having no contact with the outside world.
  • The Hermit: Deconstructed Trope. Gerald Ballantyne tried to be this as hard as he could. It causes him to lose his sanity, kill a friend of his, stuff her into a freezer and go in after her.
  • One-Word Title: Also The Place, given that everything happens in Ballantyne's home.
  • Sanity Slippage: Gerald Ballantyne tries to stay at home and never go outside. He ends up losing his sanity as a result.
  • The Place: Given that everything happens in Ballantyne's home. Also a One-Word Title.

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