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I Was at Home, But... (Ich war zuhause, aber...) (2020)

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Critic Consensus: I Was at Home, But... withholds easy gratification, but viewers who settle into its austere rhythms will be rewarded with a story rich with meaning.

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I Was at Home, But... tells the story of Astrid (Maren Eggert), a forty-something mother of two, struggling to regain her balance in the wake of her husband's death. Her adolescent son Phillip (Jakob Lassalle) disappeared for a week and now that he has returned, he faces disciplinary action at school and his toe requires amputation. As new questions confront Astrid from every angle, even simple activities like buying a bicycle or engaging with a work of art, are fraught with unexpected challenges.

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (9)

This is unbearably good cinema.

February 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Every element -- camera placement, music, blocking, sound design -- is so deliberate that it pulls you into its vortex, and it makes you submit to its severe rhythms.

February 14, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Despite its austere, theory-heavy minimalism, I Was At Home, But... is lopsided and lumpy, filled with longueurs in which the brain begins to check out.

February 12, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

In most mainstream cinema, the story tugs you along - or prods you into its mazelike corridors and toward dead ends - encouraging you to wonder what happens next. Schanelec offers next to no such prompts, trusting that you'll keep watching anyway.

February 12, 2020 | Full Review…

A classroom production of "Hamlet" and an outburst of domestic rage are equally blank, arbitrary, and undeveloped.

February 10, 2020 | Full Review…

I mostly appreciated I Was at Home, But... for its many formal pleasures.

September 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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