I Was at Home, But review – breakdown on the verge of coherence

Culture The Guardian

The anger of this opaque film’s heroine, faced with a runaway son and a broken bicycle, is not explained by its disconnected scenes and incongruous donkeys The title of this frozen, torpid work from German director Angela Schanelec seems to gesture at Ozu ’s I Was Born, But... yet the movie itself borrows mannerisms from early Haneke . It is a sequence of scenes, alienated, disconnected, shot and sound-recorded from a cool middle distance, showing Astrid (Maren Eggert), an angry, depressed woman in early middle age, widowed with two young children. Her older child, a boy, appears to have got …

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