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Echoes of home (Heimatklšnge) Reviews

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June 22, 2009
On the list of outre films thrown up over the years as counterprogramming against the major summer releases, a Swiss-German documentary about yodelling has to rank pretty highly. You will spend most of the compulsively batty "Echoes of Home" wondering whether Sacha Baron Cohen is going to turn up in full Tyrolean gear to confirm your strong suspicions that someone behind the camera is pulling your leg... The film is prone to eccentric choices of its own: it leaves the history and precise musical make-up of the yodel more or less untouched, asks Zehnder to perform one number with a tiny train set going round and around his ankles, and at one point looks to be staging an art happening in the snow involving hula-hooping women and grown men in monster masks. Such scenes at least contribute to a sense of yodelling as mystical, unfathomable and as far from "Bring Me Edelweiss" and those old Ricola commercials as it's possible to get; as the annual "Harry Potter"-led homogenisation of our culture sets in, it's reassuring to know this kind of thing - both the film, and the activity it documents - is still, in every sense, out there.
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