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My Father´s House
Das Haus meines Vaters
AT / 2013
65 min.

My Father´s House

A man is sleeping in a car. A woman brings him coffee. Ludwig Wüst´s film My Father´s House begins abruptly and takes its time in filling us in on the relationship of the two to each other, why the man and his Mercedes have been left stranded in the blossoming meadow, and why he can´t see the bright, shining summer.

My Father´s House is filmed in real time, meaning that the sixty-five minutes of filmed time correspond directly with the time frame that they represent. The filming was done in long takes. There are, as a rough estimate, barely a handful of cuts. Nonetheless, the story presents one large ellipse, orbiting around a past that gradually becomes tangible as the ghost of the house (Das Haus meines Vaters/My Father´s House) from the film´s title. Andi has returned to the village where he grew up to come to terms with the house of his deceased father–and with everything that took place inside.
The calm, hand-held camera shows a man and woman driving in a car, a walk through the dusty, low-ceilinged rooms, and a conversation on the terrace. The image seems to breathe, like an extra, anonymous presence. Perhaps the old love of the two lurks here, maybe a nightmare from Andi´s youth. Martina Spitzer and Nenas Smigoc improvise based on a screenplay by Ludwig Wüst. Their bodies and gazes tell of two views of reality that don´t coincide in the narrowest of spaces: that of the woman, whose love endures, with hopes of a continuation after ten years. And that of the man, who is much too occupied by his own wounds to react to her yearning nostalgia.

My Father´s House is a melo minus the drama–and that is exactly why it is so intense. Wüst´s film makes do with very little: just a few sites, actors, and probably also little money. But he tells so precisely of rejection and missed chances, that you feel as though you are tracing your own memories. After all, we all know that most beautiful of summer days, which promises everything … and ends in tears.
(Maya McKechneay)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

A film by:
- Ludwig Wüst

- Fiction

original language:
- german

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