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Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (Die Andere Heimat)2015

Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (Die Andere Heimat) (2015)

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Set in a dreary, unforgiving mid-19th century German village in Hunsrück, Home From Home captures the plight of hundreds of thousands of Europeans who emigrated to faraway South America to escape the famine, poverty and despotism that ruled at home. Their motto was: "Any fate is better than death". Edgar Reitz's film is a heart-wrenching drama and love story set against the backdrop of this forgotten tragedy. It encompasses a time of tribulation and illuminates the revolutionary and intellectual spirit present in the souls who are center of this tale. Jakob, our protagonist, tries to immerse himself in literature and learning, as the rest of his family toils to fend off starvation. He dreams about leaving his village, Schabbach, for a new life in Brazil and the freedom of the wild South American jungle. He studies the languages of the native South Americans and records his heroic attempts to escape the rural confines of Hunsrück in an astonishing diary that not only tells us his story but reflects the aspirations and philosophies of a whole era. Everyone who encounters Jakob is drawn into the maelstrom of his dreams: his parents, bowed and broken from years of labor making a living from the soil his scheming and brash brother, Gustav and above all Henriette, the fetching daughter of a gem cutter fallen on hard times. Gustav's return from military service is destined to shatter Jakob's world and his love for Henriette, as it symbolizes the necessary rift that will set into motion the unraveling of the regimented family structure. Jakob is not content to allow himself to be stuffed into a mold typical of a young laborer and rebels against his tormentors by assaulting the local marshals in an attempt to stand in solidarity with a fellow revolutionary both are cast into prison and brought near death. For a time Jakob finds a new home after his release, then another, before events beyond his control finally reunite him with his family in Schabbach. It is here that Jakob's colorful and magnetic influence is most strongly realized, and he realizes his place in the world is not that of his dreams. Spectacular landscapes and an ultra-high definition shooting format elevate Edgar Reitz's Home Away From Home from an unforgettable story to a breathtaking cinematic experience.

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Cast

Antonia Bill
as Jettchen
Maximilian Scheidt
as Gustav Simon
Julia Prochnow
as Hebamme Sophie Gent
Marita Breuer
as Magarete Simon
Mélanie Fouché
as Lena Zeitz
Werner Herzog
as Alexander von Humboldt
Christoph Luser
as Franz Olm
Philine Lembeck
as Florinchen
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Critic Reviews for Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (Die Andere Heimat)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Nearly four hours long, "Home From Home" is imbued with the villagers' attachment to the land, but while dutifully capturing the period, the film feels less layered than Mr. Reitz's past work.

September 10, 2015 | Full Review…

This beautifully shot black-and-white feature is accessible even for those unfamiliar with Reitz's previous work.

May 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Home From Home is especially strong at presenting neighboring towns as separate worlds, a la Thomas Hardy, far enough apart by horse or foot to be as distant as foreign lands.

May 28, 2015 | Full Review…

A magnificent, career-capping achievement from one of the great storytellers of our era.

April 13, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

"Home From Home" isn't the kind of definitive post-mortem on a decade that "The Second Heimat" was, but it will speak to anyone who's ever felt trapped by their surroundings and dreamed of escape.

February 15, 2018 | Full Review…

On paper it is a yawn, especially when you clock the four-hour running time, but you will be sucked in to the lives of the characters and the mesmerising detail of their existence.

August 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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