Time Out says
This strong beginning will certainly woo newcomers, while for fans there’s the additional pleasure of seeing actors reprising earlier roles: Arnold and Kammer from ‘Heimat 2’, plus, among others, Matthias Kniesbeck and Michael Kausch from the first work, as Hermann’s half-brothers Anton and Ernst. As the dream sours, though, there’s a sense in the middle two films of these six that Reitz is less attracted by the business intrigues of the bourgeois Simons than, for instance, the compensatory development of the role of Hermann’s daughter, Lulu. As the house and then the landscape seem to turn against the family, the fifth film provides a damning examination of the plight of returning German Russians, at home nowhere. Over 11 hours, Reitz manages to look anew at his abiding theme – how do we belong? – but the terrible sense of foreboding that’s been apparent throughout is not banished by what should be a deservedly celebratory conclusion. It’s a tribute to Reitz’s remarkable achievement that not one viewer wouldn’t want more.
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