Echoes of home (Heimatklänge)

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An unusual and strangely persuasive film about Switzerland's folk-music heritage. This documentary is alive with the sound of yodelling.



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A film about the most primal of instruments, the human voice, portraying three artists who develop traditional Swiss music in very different and unconventional ways.

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Critic Reviews for Echoes of home (Heimatklänge)

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  • A more complex, beautiful film than one had dared to hope. I'll never giggle at yodelling again.

    Jul 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • Slightly stretched at 82 minutes, the film nevertheless makes a strong case for this high, wide and lonesome sound expressing the soul of the alpine landscape, beautifully captured by the aerial camerawork.

    Jul 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Echoes of Home is a feature-length musical documentary about the Swiss art of yodelling. Unintentionally titter-inducing in execution, yet deadly serious in conception.

    Jul 10, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Intriguing - but some of the musicians are just the tiniest bit smug about how wackily offbeat they are.

    Jul 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Performances are intercut with file footage, home videos and family photos, creating a mannered film language that, like the music it documents, links the present to the past in a series of echoes.

    Jul 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • Director Stefan Schwietert gives all the artists and their work space to breathe, to reflect, and to clearly depict its import to them and their culture as well.

    Aug 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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