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3.6
20 Ratings

I Had Nowhere To Go

Directed by Douglas Gordon
Germany, 2016
Documentary

Synopsis

I Had Nowhere To Go is based on Jonas Mekas’s diary. It’s been over 70 years since he left his village in Lithuania to escape Nazi persecution. He was 22 years old. Today he is one of the last surviving members of a displaced generation and one of the greatest documenters of the human experience.

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I Had Nowhere To Go Directed by Douglas Gordon
The film’s few visual flourishes are punctuated by a dynamic soundtrack ranging from ambience to explosions. It summons in the mind’s eye a vivid image of wartime struggle and exile (Mekas fled Lithuania for New York City during World War II) that words can only approximate.
November 04, 2016
It’s akin to the experience of pulling a sleeping mask over ones eyes on a long-haul flight or train ride. The enforced blackness plunges the viewer into a dream-state and even a nightmare at times, both actually lived by one of the most resilient and enigmatic poets and filmmakers of the last fifty years… While it’s definitely a biography, it’s a hypnotic work of visual poetry as well—a portrait that could only be effected through the film medium.
October 11, 2016
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Sometimes a silence descends over the black screen, and then Mr. Gordon puts a loud explosion on the soundtrack, a symbol of the war Mr. Mekas spent his early years trying to flee. The effect is startling, and consistently so. But what it conveys is not so much Mr. Mekas’s experience as Mr. Gordon’s will, and his cheap sadistic hostility to the audience. It makes this film a vexed experience.
May 10, 2018
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