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Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

Directed by Jonas Mekas
United States, West Germany, 1972
Documentary
I Thought of Home: Two Films By Jonas Mekas

Synopsis

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

Jonas Mekas’ second diary film lovingly records a return to his native Lithuania after 27 years of absence. The émigré avant-garde pioneer negotiates the trauma of being a “displaced person” by weaving together bittersweet memories, and moments of beauty and loss: finding a home in cinema forever.

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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