Heimat details the turbulent years between 1919 and 1982 through the eyes of the citizens of a small, fictional German village. The central character is Marita Breuer, who matures from a fresh-faced teen to a wrinkled, grim-visaged survivor of the best and the worst life has to offer.
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Reitz's masterpiece belongs to the pantheon of cinema. The director's meticulous reconstruction of several decades of tormented German history focuses on those everyday-lives who capture a very broad spectrum of typical reactions to the war. Filmed in gorgeous b/w and with unexpected explosions of color, its length is more of an asset as one craves for more. Mamangakis' haunting score punctuates each episode.
watching first episodes i thought it´s perfect and then he made some rather weird changes and even shallow making character caricatures and it felt weird and irritating. but it all comes together in the end. and it´s not perfect. and it´s not about being perfect, it´s about all the flies in so many frames and fernweh and about that beer paul never had and about anton´s boots and ernst´s first model plane, all the
Une incroyable saga historico-familiale de plus de quinze heures de films, sur le destin de quelques personnages hauts en couleur d'un petit village allemand, entre les années 1919 et 1982 qui fut fort justement couronnée par le Prix de la Critique Internationale au festival de Venise 1984. www.cinefiches.com
one of the most significant works of german cinema and a crash course in 20th century in and of itself. Heimat 1 can be a bit slow to watch for the modern viewer but it worth sticking with. Heimat 2 is an excellent coming of age story of art, love and home, connected with the first series. Can't recommend this series highly enough, particularly for those learning german or dating one :)