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A family that’s spent decades living in a vast, abandoned water reservoir on the outskirts of Bucharest is uprooted and forced to acclimate to a new life in the city.

For two decades, the Enache family—mother, father and nine kids—have lived in seeming contentment of their extreme poverty inside Bucharest’s Delta, a huge swath of undeveloped marsh located within the bounds of Romania’s biggest city. The Enache children may be uneducated, but they also enjoy the benefits of living in a nature preserve, spending their days fishing and canoeing along the Delta’s many lakes. When the government begins to take a greater interest in the Delta, the Enaches are given no option but to leave their makeshift Eden and relocate to the city.

Director Radu Ciorniciuc spent several years observing the family, checking in with them at various stages of their rocky acclimation to contemporary society. While patriarch Gica chafes against modernity, he can only watch helplessly as his children discover both the pleasures and perils of life in the 21st century. Haunting and deeply moving, Acasa, My Home is both a fascinating look at an unusual, very specific case of “paradise lost” and a universal meditation on modernization and gentrification.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    86 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Romania, Germany, Finland
  • Director
    Radu Ciorniciuc
  • Screenwriter
    Lina Vdovii
  • Cinematographer
    Mircea Topoleanu, Radu Ciorniciuc
  • Editor
    Andrei Gorgan