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Fien Troch

Home

Edition 2023
103' - 2016 - Crime, Drama, Family, Youth / Coming-Of-Age - Dialogue: Dutch
Director: Fien Troch Composer: Johnny Jewel With: Sebastian Van Dun, Karlijn Sileghem, Kevin Janssens, Loïc Bellemans, Lena Suijkerbuijk, Jeroen Perceval
Initially, Home seems to be a chronicle of observations, seemingly without any visible dramatic drive. Yet Troch and her brilliant editor (and co-screenwriter) Nico Leunen slowly drive up the tension so we gradually realise that the film inspired by true events is inevitably heading towards a tragic climax.
Many films have been made about the generation gap between teenagers and adults, but rarely, if ever, as subtle and gripping as Fien Troch's fourth film. In the oppressive, almost square picture frame - which gives the characters little space - the camera observes a number of young people from a well-off Flanders. In short scenes in which every image and glance has its meaning, Troch portrays with empathy these YouTube-era teenagers, who get into trouble for various reasons. Sometimes with tragic results. Constantly, they are glued to their phones. Occasionally, the picture is filled only with what can be seen on their smartphones. As confrontational as Home is, it is also a cinematic creation without a false note. And we are not just referring to Johnny Jewel's excellent score.

"Shot in Academy ratio with a sprinkling of improvised mobile phone footage, Home suggests something freewheeling and impressionistic but the dramatic impact is expertly controlled. Every scene draws us further in the story. Everything serves to explain and explore both sides of the parent/teenager divide." - Screen Daily

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Credits

Director

Fien Troch

Composer

Johnny Jewel

With

Sebastian Van Dun, Karlijn Sileghem, Kevin Janssens, Loïc Bellemans, Lena Suijkerbuijk, Jeroen Perceval

Scenario

Nico Leunen, Fien Troch

Director of Photography

Frank van den Eeden

Editor

Nico Leunen

Producer

Antonino Lombardo

Production studios

Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Distributor

Cinéart

More information

Dialogue

Dutch

Countries of production

Belgium

Year

2016

Filmography

Fien Troch
Verbrande aarde (short, 1998), Wooww (short, 1999), Maria (short, 2001), Cool Sam & Sweet Suzie (short, 2002), 10 jaar leuven kort (2004), Someone Else's Happiness (2005), Unspoken (2008), Kid (2012), Home (2016), Holly (2023)

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