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Heimat Fragments: The Women [DVD]

Edgar Reitz    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Edgar Reitz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,857 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Following Edgar Reitz's highly acclaimed masterpieces Heimat: A Chronicle Of Germany. Heimat 2: Chronicle Of A Generation and Heimat 3: A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings, comes the wonderful feature length piece of the epic saga, Heimat Fragments: The Women. Lulu, the daughter of musician Hermann Simon, is looking for something she feels is missing from her life. She delves into the past and is transported to the lives of her ancestors via dreamlike sequences that show the hopes and realities of her female relations over the course of an entire century. Heimat Fragments is an intoxicating trip into the lives of venerable characters from different periods in Lulu's family history, from long-forgotten scenes of war to every day family life on the farm. This gripping film shows fragments of the lives that shaped her own. Her gaze into the past does not simply signal the end of her youth, it means the beginning of a newly gained freedom.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, sadly. 24 Sep 2010
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My first viewing of Heimat 1 and 2 left me convinced that Reitz had created a masterwork of cinema. Heimet 3, while engrossing, was of a lesser standard, and there was much in it that I found either misleading or unintentionally laughable. For example I couldn't believe that the East Germans who Hermann and Clarissa brought in to rebuild their ancient house would have done such a fantastic job -- my expectations were all in the other direction. And I found the thematic use of the Berlin Wall and the Millennium boring and predictable, like all those excruciating Thanksgiving dinners in a certain type of American movie. (I suppose the same was true of the historical benchmarks in Heimats 1 and 2 -- street riots, assassination of Kennedy, etc. -- but the personal and individual stories were so powerful and convincing that these historical background notes were perfectly accommodated within the whole). Anyway, the series kept me watching to the end. With Heimat Fragments I was seriously tempted to switch off, particularly during the new footage, which mostly showed Lulu wandering through Shabbach and environs wielding a power drill like a shotgun, or staring at her own image through forest pools or holes drilled into marble columns. In essence the film was an excuse to tack together a lot of random footage -- mostly from Heimat 2 -- that had not been seen before. If the film was meant to be about how Lulu was shaped by her family's past, then it was an abject failure-- there was no point at which she became a character in her own right. Of course the Heimat out-takes were fascinating, and often brilliant, but they didn't need a spurious 'arty' framework to make them watchable. I don't really know why Reitz did this; I wish in a way that he hadn't.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Out-takes, Awful Framing Story 16 Dec 2010
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I largely agree with the previous reviewer. This is a selection of outtakes/deleted scenes from the 3 Heimat series, woven together with a dreadful framing story featuring Hermann's daughter Lulu.

I enjoyed the outtakes/deleted scenes, but the framing story was so bad & distracting, it's hard for me to believe it was made by the same director who made the 3 stunning Heimat series. He tries to tie each of the deleted scenes into an area of Lulu's current life & it just doesn't work. I would have greatly preferred commentary from Reitz weaving them together, or just the outtakes presented alone.

I would also suggest that if you haven't at minimum seen Heimat 1 & 2, don't even think of buying this as you'll be beyond confused!

Perhaps the Germany only 3 disc edition ties up some of this, but since there are no English subs on the Germany 3 disc, & since the price on the Germany 3 disc is out of my range I may never know!

Reluctantly recommended for Heimat fanatics like me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHEF D'OEUVRE 2 Jan 2011
By Dadiluc
Edgar Reitz est un des meilleurs réalisateurs allemands de la fin du XXème siècle. Sa grande oeuvre Heimat123 est une saga d'une extraordinaire qualité narrative, historique et cinématographique. Heimat Fragmente en est la conclusion originale et il est donc conseillé d'avoir vu auparavant les 3 saisons précédentes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie should be great! 23 Jan 2014
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Having watched all Heimat, Heimat 2, Heimat 3, and the extras, I was totally looking forward to watching Fragmenten, too. However, it ships from the UK and to my great disappointment, it did not make it to my Massachusetts address, ach! The seller has been very quick with their responses and they have soon refunded my purchase. I am hoping someone of the Royal mail has kept it to watch it, and then one day it will arrive at my door. For now it has been almost two months and still no trace. Just like Herr Paul Simon in the first series...
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