Home from Home – Chronicle of a Vision (Die andere Heimat – Chronik einer Sehnsucht)

Home from Home – Chronicle of a Vision (Die andere Heimat – Chronik einer Sehnsucht)
  • 2013
  • Germany / France
  • 3h 45min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Edgar Reitz
  • Written by: Edgar Reitz/Gert Heidenreich
  • Cast: Jan Dieter Schneider, Antonia Bill, Maximilian Scheidt
  • UK release: 17 April 2015

The prequel to Reitz's landmark 1980s series Heimat is set in the same German village of Schabbach in 1842, focusing on blacksmith's son Jakob (Schneider), who dreams of making a new life in Brazil. With a real sense of local community and luscious imagery, it's also more plot-driven and mannered.

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The epic story of a village on the brink of modernity In this dazzling continuation of his acclaimed Heimat trilogy, Edgar Reitz returns again to Schabbach, where the three earlier works were set. The film tells the story of an inveterate dreamer, his more practical older brother and the beautiful woman who must choose between them, evoking the idealism and the longing for adventure and freedom that drove thousands of Germans from their rural homes to distant South America in the mid-19th century.

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Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision

13 Apr 20153 stars

Edgar Reitz's Heimat prequel is a story of 19th century aspiration and struggle

The original Homeland (Heimat) was one of the landmarks of European television in the 1980s. Over 16 hours, director Edgar Reitz told the story of three related families in the fictional German village of Schabbach from 1919 to 1982. Sequels followed…

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