This film records the return visit of brothers Jonas and Adolfas Mekas to their homeland of Lithuania. They apparently left the country near the end of World War II, and suffered various hardships on their way to America. Until the time of this film (1972), they had never been back.
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 LithuaniaDirected byJonas Mekas
Emotional and intimate journey back home. The fragmentation works well, it amplifies the notion of catching glimpses of old memories. Those brief moments could serve as a definition of nostalgia caught on film. The beginning in NY and the ending seem out of place though, they aren't connected well with the subject - reminiscences of a journey to Lithuania. Still, the main portion is a treat to watch.
Full of emotion watching this wonderful remembrance of a life lived honestly , simply, hard life with mother at the end of hers so sad...rue seeds,birch bark tea, importance of berries -so much home grown and hard work to prepare everything..connection with nature, pristine meadows no GMO. Exuberance of dancing and singing. This world must have changed again since this making.