“Jon Jost, who has said he is ‘independently poor,’ is thus able, as he tells it, to make without interference or
compromise the films he wants to. For a decade now he has been working in digital video.” – Dennis Grunes
Newport, Oregon is a small coastal town whose fishing fleet has vanished, and now survives on second-homes and
tourism. Jeff runs a small real estate office and his wife Mattie shares the work. Their son Chris is a 26 year old
slacker, living with a younger girlfriend. Obliquely we learn of another son, in the service, "over there."
Homecoming is not a "plot" film, but more a tone-poem; its meanings arise from its broader ambience,
its moods, its sense of time and place. It is meant as a metaphor for the larger family of America, which, at this time,
is harshly divided, and unable to speak to itself meaningfully across that division. This film broaches this subject
poetically, gently, through a depiction of characters that are unable to articulate to each other or to themselves the
disquiet which curdles within them.
Premiered in the Cinema Digitale section of the Venice Film Festival.