I Was at Home, But... (Ich war zuhause, aber...)

2020

I Was at Home, But... (Ich war zuhause, aber...)

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I Was at Home, But... tells the story of Astrid (Maren Eggert), a forty-something mother of two, struggling to regain her balance in the wake of her husband's death. Her adolescent son Phillip (Jakob Lassalle) disappeared for a week and now that he has returned, he faces disciplinary action at school and his toe requires amputation. As new questions confront Astrid from every angle, even simple activities like buying a bicycle or engaging with a work of art, are fraught with unexpected challenges.

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (3)

  • Every element -- camera placement, music, blocking, sound design -- is so deliberate that it pulls you into its vortex, and it makes you submit to its severe rhythms.

    February 14, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Schanelec creates a subdued, cryptic domestic drama-one denuded of the histrionics typically associated with the genre but one that nevertheless gives a real sense, if only in glimpses, of the burdens and joys of this Schöneberg household.

    February 14, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Despite its austere, theory-heavy minimalism, I Was At Home, But... is lopsided and lumpy, filled with longueurs in which the brain begins to check out.

    February 13, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • In most mainstream cinema, the story tugs you along - or prods you into its mazelike corridors and toward dead ends - encouraging you to wonder what happens next. Schanelec offers next to no such prompts, trusting that you'll keep watching anyway.

    February 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A classroom production of "Hamlet" and an outburst of domestic rage are equally blank, arbitrary, and undeveloped.

    February 10, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It may not offer much in the way of entertainment, but this is ultimately a film that deserves to be watched, re-watched, and pondered - slowly.

    October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

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