Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

Home Coming (Heimkehr)

Damir Lukacevic (2004)

Promoted with the tagline 'sometimes you have to travel a long way to find yourself', Lukacevic's family drama depicts the fate of a Croatian family of guest workers in Germany who, eventually return to Croatia, following the father's realisation that his relentless work ethic and obsession with accumulating money in order to buy a small hotel back home in Croatia has almost destroyed his family. One son, Branko, committed suicide after participating in the Yugoslavian civil war and because he found it hard to come to terms with his homosexuality. Nikola, once a successful musician in Germany, has been affected by his brother's tragic fate and has since failed on all fronts. He eventually joins his parents in Croatia, supporting them in their endeavour to make their life-time dream come true. The third brother, Joso, stays in Germany with his girlfriend. 

Posted by Daniela Berghahn on 19 Apr 2006 •





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