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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.
This beautifully shot black-and-white feature is accessible even for those unfamiliar with Reitz's previous work.
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.
A magnificent, career-capping achievement from one of the great storytellers of our era.
"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.
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.
The first masterpiece of 2015. Spellbinding, lyrical and breathtaking. Epic in scope while intimate in its humanism. I could have watched 4 more hours.
For all of its evident toil in recreating historically accurate environments and researching the precise conditions in varying regions, it has little force as a work of cinema.
Reitz and co-writer Gert Heidenreich define home as the bosom of family, as an emotional shelter or storm, rather than simply the roof over Jakob's head
Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision is a daunting four hours long, but so immersive and exquisitely photographed that time shoots by in the manner of the best box set.
Reitz (who was in his eighties during production) directs with peerless finesse, as he mines authenticity from an inexperienced cast and brings a bygone era to vivid and engrossing life.
It is nearly four hours, but never dull for a moment; indeed, there is a boxset addictiveness to the whole thing.
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