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Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

Directed by Jonas Mekas
United States, West Germany, 1972


Jonas and Adolfas Mekas arrived in America in 1949, they were former prisoners of German labor camps, exiled from their Lithuanian village. Wanted by the Soviet police, they left, not to return for 27 years. This film is the compelling document of a divided family and their long-delayed reunion.

Our take

Pioneer of the diary film, the relentless oeuvre of the one and only Jonas Mekas confirms the “home movie” as a film form. Reminiscences is one of the finest examples of intimacy ever put on celluloid.

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania Directed by Jonas Mekas

Critics reviews

Whatever “non-narrative” and “home movie” mean — and I think the latter describes Going Home pretty accurately — they are less than helpful in describing the achievement of what must be called Jonas Mekas’s testament. If they must be understood, let it be understood that Reminiscences is a home movie about homelessness, a non-narrative film with one of the most beautifully constructed and articulated narrative lines in autobiographical cinema.
November 02, 1972
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