5 A fascinating view of life in the Rhineland (Hunsruck) .Brummie46 | 25/09/2009 | See all Brummie46's reviews (8)This film chronicles the life of three main families in the ficticious village of Schabbach in the Rhineland. The Simon, Wiegand and Schirmer families provide the main character base and covers the period 1919-1982. Eleven episodes long and over 15 hours makes this a daunting viewing but is so compulsive that it is hard to not watch the`next episode`. One of a trilogy of films directed by Edgar Reitz this first` Heimat` (Homeland) has become something of a cult among travellers to the Rhine/Mosel area of Germany. English subtitles only with dialog in German does not spoil the enjoyment of a great film, driven by village life and very real characters. Someone learning German may find the local `Hunsrucker` dialect hard going but after listening for a while it does get easier to understand. All in all a film that was highly regarded when it was released in 1982 and becomes compulsive viewing.