Coming home to your comments on coming home in the movies was like, well, coming home. It really is a special feeling, and one that is apparently evident in everything from After Hours to District 9 via The Warriors and even, so it is argued, The Exorcist...

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  • Comment number 166. Posted by dr_faulk

    on 3 May 2011 22:01

    ...Norbit?

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  • Comment number 165. Posted by GENEPOOL

    on 7 Aug 2010 18:27

    I would say that the original 1954 Godzilla wouldnt be a coming home movie. In the main part of the movie you have this story of how this Giant Nuclear Monster destroying Tokyo and then leaving. If he was coming home he would make Tokyo his home and just stay there, but he arrives and leaves causing Destruction where ever he goes.

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  • Comment number 164. Posted by Chris Jones

    on 5 Aug 2010 13:20

    Dr K.
    I believe that I have found a film that does not have any "going home themes'. John Carpenters The Thing.
    The theme of this film is paranoia, survival and isolation. The creature is surviving by absorbing and mimicking each of the scientists, and the scientist are trying to survive the creature and the freezing antarctic winter whilst trying to overcome the paranoia set within the isolation of their predicament. Could I be wrong in saying that this is a non going home movie?

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  • Comment number 163. Posted by AidanDeLarge

    on 4 Aug 2010 15:54

    I think it may well be possible that the apparent "going home" theme is an extension of the equilibrium/disequilibrium/new equilibrium theory of narrative (I forget who's theory that was, but let's be honest it's a fairly basic observation with regards to narrative) and it is simply that returning "home" is a metaphor for returning to normality after the presumably extraordinary events of the primary narrative. So returning home becomes a central theme as a sort of offshoot of the idea of a new equilibrium? The returning to peace?

    ps How about (sorry Doc) Inglourious Basterds for a film with no "going home" theme? Although, arguably, it has a strong "leaving home" theme, scarcely anyone makes it out of the narrative alive, with particular reference to Shosanna Dreyfuss (spelling?) who is forced to leave home within the first "chapter" and never actually has a chance to return (although arguably her actions allow people in the broader sense to return home" from the war).

    pps
    I'm counting this self indulgent ramble of mine as media homework, before my return to college, so thanks guys and gals of the interwebs for allowing me revision of sorts!

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  • Comment number 162. Posted by TenSeven

    on 6 Jul 2010 16:24

    Hi there Dr. K. A film that sprang to my mind as being a "not coming home" movie was "City Of God". A Brazilian film that centres around a boy (who is an amateur photographer) growing up in the slums of Rio and using his talent behind a camera to try to escape a violent and downtrodden life in the Favelas. Great film, beautifully shot and directed and definately - as far as i can see - not a "coming home" film.

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  • Comment number 161. Posted by Al

    on 2 Jun 2010 11:23

    I plump for Repo man - surely no-one can plug returning home into that beauty

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  • Comment number 160. Posted by Monkey Shines

    on 29 May 2010 15:38

    Christopher Nolan's Memento has no themes of returning home, as the central character is locked within a constant unchanging primary goal which is to go out, explore and investigate.

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  • Comment number 159. Posted by Phil Millward

    on 18 May 2010 21:08

    Silent Running was my first thought but it does start with the expectation of going home and then swings to the polar opposite of running away. Even though the rest of the fleet are returning home.

    Then I next went back in time and thought of Nosferatu with Maximillan Schreck. But even then there are some characters that want to go home even though Orlock doesn't.

    Then I tried to think of a genre or story arc that wouldn't require going home such as a specific event. Then a blinding light...... There are a lot of films where the characters are already at home and therefore don't need to go back. You can't go somewhere if you are already there. Example I hear you cry, and so I shall fulfill your request.

    Rear Window, confined to home.
    Cape Fear, at home and leave to escape a mad man.
    Demon Seed, stuck at home with a manic computer.

    There are more I am sure.

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  • Comment number 158. Posted by stanley orwin

    on 17 May 2010 19:42

    Many movies that don't possess mainstream narratives are, in no way, about going home such as michael haneke's Hidden and david lynch's Inland Empire. This probably indicates that 'coming home' is a theme created by Hollywood in order to relate to easily relate to the values of it's audience.

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  • Comment number 157. Posted by jerome OCallaghan

    on 17 May 2010 03:50

    "Almost Famous" --- the movie takes some time at the start to establish the safety and restrictions of our hero's home. Then the journey unfolds, adventures etc. Then we end with him back home and his hero coming to visit him there...

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