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Directed by Fien Troch

  • Belgium 2016; 103 min
  • Original version: English, Dutch
  • Genre: Drama
    • Best Director (Orizzonti) - Venice IFF
    • Special Mention, Georges Delerue Award for Best Music - Filmfest Gent
    • Grand Jury Prize - Les Arcs European FF
    • ARRI/OSRAM Award Special Mention - Filmfest München

Synopsis

HOME focuses on a group of youngsters and the adults that surround them. Both find it difficult to communicate and to understand each other’s closed-off world. Into this community of two struggling generations arrives 17-year-old Kevin. He goes to live with his aunt and his cousin Sammy, where he starts an apprenticeship as a plumber. Once in his new home, things are a little awkward at first, but Kevin does his best to be polite and nice. He establishes a bond with his aunt and Sammy. Through Sammy’s circle of friends Kevin gets to know John, who lives an unbearable situation with his single mother. Little by little, a strong friendship begins to develop between Kevin and John. As we discover that John’s situation at home becomes unbearable, Kevin feels the urge to help his new friend. Then one evening fate intervenes and questions of betrayal, trust and loyalty start to direct their daily lives more than ever.

Director's Statement

In my film HOME I want to explore the field of tension between two generations. How do adults go about their responsibilities towards teenagers and how does this youth try to find their way into adulthood themselves. I want to show young people struggling to make sense of this world, and their quest to find themselves on their way to adulthood. Young people are fragile and adults often (un)consciously take advantage of their position to achieve their own goals. Reputation, justice and prejudice are themes that play a key role in the film. I’ve chosen to use an ensemble structure for HOME, as I want to portray both a generation and a community.

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