DVD Review – Homesick (2015)

Homesick, 2015.

Directed and written by Jakob M. Erwa.

Starring Esther Maria Pietsch, Matthias Lier, and Tatja Seibt.

Synopsis:

Ambitious cello student Jessica receives the invitation to an international contest. A great opportunity – but at the same time enormous pressure. Stress begins to gnaw on Jessica’s everyday life and soon reality and imagination blur.

It’s hard to watch a film like Homesick and not immediately think of previous isolationist psychological thrillers like Persona, Solaris, and Black Swan. All share the similar premise of a character being placed in an unfamiliar setting and experiencing hallucinatory visions courtesy of an undisclosed force. Is it supernatural, or it self-made due to loneliness and stress?

Our protagonist this time around is Jessica Klug, a professional cello player who moves into a new flat with her boyfriend Lorenz (Matthias Lier). A day within settling in, the two meet the apartment’s “unofficial manager” Hilde
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