You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Take Me Home

"Take Me Home" offers an ominous new spin on getting in touch with one's inner child. Genre-hopping tale of a businesswoman who journeys to the scenic-yet-creepy Austrian village where she has inherited a seemingly haunted house, benefits from helmer Robert Narholz's knack for rendering disturbing states of mind visually.

With:
With: Elisabeth Lanz, Miguel Herz-Kestranek, Heidelinde Pfaffenbichler, Thomas Sturm, Robert Seethaler. (German, English dialogue)

A baroque but strangely effective shaggy dog story, “Take Me Home” offers an ominous new spin on getting in touch with one’s inner child. Genre-hopping tale of a Los Angeles-based businesswoman who journeys to the scenic-yet-creepy Austrian village where she has inherited a seemingly haunted house, benefits from gung-ho perfs, offbeat humor and helmer Robert Narholz’s knack for rendering disturbing states of mind visually. Low-budget, primarily German-lingo pic could interest any programming outlet partial to ghosts, psychological thrillers and/or pics that mock provincial thinking.

Elisabeth (Elisabeth Lanz), who was adopted, is still plagued at age 35 by harrowing nightmares of being hauled off from a remote farmhouse in Austria as a 5-year-old girl. The vivid dreams are poisoning her relationship with her long-suffering American boyfriend.

When Elisabeth and her slacker brother Thomas (Thomas Sturn, droll) suddenly co-inherit the farmhouse of the dream, Elisabeth returns to Upper Austria only to learn they’ll have to sell the place to cover taxes.

Elisabeth, who harbors intense anger toward the mother she barely knew, experiences unsettling appearances of a little girl as she readies the farmhouse for sale. Moppet is probably a ghost but could be a figment of Elisabeth’s imagination.

A distinguished but terminally bored local physician (Miguel Herz-Kestranek) turns gallant when confronted with Elisabeth. A nurse (Heidelinde Pfaffenbichler), who works closely with the doc, doesn’t care for this turn of events.

Helmer Narholz (a U.S.-based Austrian) weaves a stylish ghost story replete with sex, drugs, dry humor and proudly over-the-top spooky music (by his brother). Motivations continue to ring true however peculiar the proceedings. Wintry setting reinforces the agreeably eerie atmosphere. German title translates literally as “footsteps in the snow.”

Take Me Home

Austria-U.S.

Production: A Lena Film presentation of a Katrin Gangl production. (International sales: Lena Film, West Hollywood.) Produced by Gangl. Co-producer, Anja Kliem. Directed by Robert Narholz. Screenplay, Narholz from a story by Narholz, Freya Stewart.

Crew: Camera (color), Roland Vuskovic; editor, Narholz; music, Gregor Narholz; production designer, costumes, Tanja Weck; sound (Dolby), Wolfgang Vogl. Reviewed at Avignon Film Festival, (competing), June 17, 2005. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: With: Elisabeth Lanz, Miguel Herz-Kestranek, Heidelinde Pfaffenbichler, Thomas Sturm, Robert Seethaler. (German, English dialogue)

More Film

  • NANCY

    Andrea Riseborough's Thriller 'Nancy' Sells to Samuel Goldwyn (EXCLUSIVE)

    A baroque but strangely effective shaggy dog story, “Take Me Home” offers an ominous new spin on getting in touch with one’s inner child. Genre-hopping tale of a Los Angeles-based businesswoman who journeys to the scenic-yet-creepy Austrian village where she has inherited a seemingly haunted house, benefits from gung-ho perfs, offbeat humor and helmer Robert […]

  • Ridley Scott

    Ridley Scott Tells Aspiring Filmmakers They Have 'No Excuses'

    A baroque but strangely effective shaggy dog story, “Take Me Home” offers an ominous new spin on getting in touch with one’s inner child. Genre-hopping tale of a Los Angeles-based businesswoman who journeys to the scenic-yet-creepy Austrian village where she has inherited a seemingly haunted house, benefits from gung-ho perfs, offbeat humor and helmer Robert […]

  • Amazon Boards Marjane Satrapi's Marie Curie

    Amazon Boards Marjane Satrapi's Marie Curie Biopic 'Radioactive' (EXCLUSIVE)

    A baroque but strangely effective shaggy dog story, “Take Me Home” offers an ominous new spin on getting in touch with one’s inner child. Genre-hopping tale of a Los Angeles-based businesswoman who journeys to the scenic-yet-creepy Austrian village where she has inherited a seemingly haunted house, benefits from gung-ho perfs, offbeat humor and helmer Robert […]

  • ENT_LD_211116_02404m.jpg

    Berlin Film Review: '7 Days in Entebbe'

    A baroque but strangely effective shaggy dog story, “Take Me Home” offers an ominous new spin on getting in touch with one’s inner child. Genre-hopping tale of a Los Angeles-based businesswoman who journeys to the scenic-yet-creepy Austrian village where she has inherited a seemingly haunted house, benefits from gung-ho perfs, offbeat humor and helmer Robert […]

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Gregg

    Variety Lights Up London Honours Bash with 10 Brits to Watch

    A baroque but strangely effective shaggy dog story, “Take Me Home” offers an ominous new spin on getting in touch with one’s inner child. Genre-hopping tale of a Los Angeles-based businesswoman who journeys to the scenic-yet-creepy Austrian village where she has inherited a seemingly haunted house, benefits from gung-ho perfs, offbeat humor and helmer Robert […]

  • Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..Zuri (Forest Whitaker)..Photo:

    'Black Panther' Is A Legit Phenomenon, but Will It Be An Oscar Player?

    A baroque but strangely effective shaggy dog story, “Take Me Home” offers an ominous new spin on getting in touch with one’s inner child. Genre-hopping tale of a Los Angeles-based businesswoman who journeys to the scenic-yet-creepy Austrian village where she has inherited a seemingly haunted house, benefits from gung-ho perfs, offbeat humor and helmer Robert […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content