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  • Actors: Sam Shepard, Julie Delpy, Barbara Sukowa, Dieter Kirchlechner, Traci Lind
  • Directors: Volker Schlöndorff
  • Writers: Max Frisch, Rudy Wurlitzer
  • Producers: Alexander von Eschwege, Bodo Scriba, Eberhard Junkersdorf, Klaus Hellwig, Vasilis Katsoufis
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Scorpion Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 25 2010
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003102JJQ

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Format: VHS Tape
The English-language title of this film is perhaps a little unfortunate, since it must inevitably lead to confusion with the popular Star Trek spin-off series of the same name, something it has absolutely nothing to do with. In fact, this is the relatively little known and long-awaited adaptation of the Swiss-German bestseller novel Homo Faber, filmed by the German director Volker Schlöndorff, best known internationally for 1979's much acclaimed The Tin Drum.
After having made a name in the seventies and early eighties with a number of outstanding films, Schlöndorff has receded somewhat into the background of late. Nevertheless, his more recent films, including Voyager and 1997's The Ogre (starring John Malkovich), are still very much worthy of attention. The slowly but deliberately paced Voyager is arguably the better of these two, an engaging, absorbing drama set in 1957 and spanning several continents. Sam Shepard plays Walter Faber, a world-weary and somewhat cynical construction engineer in his forties, and also a constant traveler without any real roots, who has a chance encounter in Venezuela with the brother of an old friend from his prewar student days in Switzerland. His return to the United States delayed by unusual circumstances (depicted by Schlöndorff with more than a little irony), he then has a further encounter with the much younger Elisabeth ("Sabeth") Piper, played by Julie Delpy, while aboard ship en route to France. The two find themselves inextricably attracted to one another and a romance ensues - but one that leads to unforeseen complications and twists.
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By A Customer on Jan. 25 2004
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A movie about karma, written by a Buddhist but having nothing overtly to do with Buddhism. The actors all play their roles well and the intensity of their emotions simply leaves one breathless. Having watched this movie about 10 times, I learn something new about myself every single time I watch it. This is one of the most traggic love stories ever written. It might leave you in tears but there is something about it that is undenyable true and real. The girl's character is uplifting and her realism is inspiring.
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This is Sam Shepard's type of film, very well made, and ilegal love. Recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A solid, adult drama with an art-house touch May 26 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
The English-language title of this film is perhaps a little unfortunate, since it must inevitably lead to confusion with the popular Star Trek spin-off series of the same name, something it has absolutely nothing to do with. In fact, this is the relatively little known and long-awaited adaptation of the Swiss-German bestseller novel Homo Faber, filmed by the German director Volker Schlöndorff, best known internationally for 1979's much acclaimed The Tin Drum.
After having made a name in the seventies and early eighties with a number of outstanding films, Schlöndorff has receded somewhat into the background of late. Nevertheless, his more recent films, including Voyager and 1997's The Ogre (starring John Malkovich), are still very much worthy of attention. The slowly but deliberately paced Voyager is arguably the better of these two, an engaging, absorbing drama set in 1957 and spanning several continents. Sam Shepard plays Walter Faber, a world-weary and somewhat cynical construction engineer in his forties, and also a constant traveler without any real roots, who has a chance encounter in Venezuela with the brother of an old friend from his prewar student days in Switzerland. His return to the United States delayed by unusual circumstances (depicted by Schlöndorff with more than a little irony), he then has a further encounter with the much younger Elisabeth ("Sabeth") Piper, played by Julie Delpy, while aboard ship en route to France. The two find themselves inextricably attracted to one another and a romance ensues - but one that leads to unforeseen complications and twists.
On the surface, Voyager would even appear to have a few parallels to Hitchcock's Vertigo, such as the chance contacts with acquaintances from the distant past, the 1950s setting, and the unexpected romance between the jaded Faber and a woman half his age that ultimately throws him way off balance. However, there the similarities end, for Voyager is essentially a drama and not a thriller. Although the film is restrained, perhaps never cutting loose quite as much as it could, Schlöndorff vividly recreates the period and locations, in much the same way as seen in 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley, maintaining a high interest level throughout. His directorial touches, such as the use of grainy, flickering sequences to represent Faber's "home movies," add further interest and detail. Pay close attention and you'll find that the film is also peppered with knowing, wry little observations about human nature and differing mentalities. Shepard is excellent in the leading role (as is Barbara Sukowa as his former love), playing an occasionally arrogant and intolerant character who nevertheless still manages to remain both likeable and believable. But it is Julie Delpy in particular who really shines in her winning role as the enchanting and sensitive Sabeth. Indeed, for Delpy, this was probably a perfect casting; for anyone who loves this talented young French actress, and there must surely be a great many who do, her gestures and facial expressions when she is onscreen are truly a joy to watch, and the romantic scenes are delightful. As a consequence, having identified with her character makes the final scenes still more moving and thought provoking ... but one shouldn't give too much away in a review.
Voyager, then, is a fine adult drama for more demanding tastes, admittedly not quite up to the standard of Schlöndorff's most spectacular work, but nevertheless a film that never lets go of its grip or slips into indulgent arty pretentiousness. For those looking for a bit more maturity, originality, and depth in a recent film by a German director, this is one film that is definitely worth a try. Good show.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A review of the film HOMO FABER Aug. 25 2009
By Harald Jan - Published on Amazon.com
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The film Homo Faber is based upon the classic bestseller book by the same name written by the Swiss writer Max Frisch and adapted for the screen by screenwriters Rudi Wurlitzer and Volker Schløndorff with Schløndorff as director. The story of Homo Faber, meaning "the man who creates his own destiny" begins in 1957 but make convincingly flashbacks in sepia tone to the war years in Zurich Switzerland where Faber meets the young Jewish girl Hannah and fall in love with her. Hannah gets pregnant with Faber, tells him about the good news and discovers to her disbelief that Faber sees the pregnancy as very inconvenient to him now that he has received a tempting business proposal to head the building of a hydro electric dam in one of the third world countries. Hannah gets an emotional chock and rejects Faber from the bottom of her heart. In anger and disappointment she now turns to Joachim (played by August Zirner) a common student friend of theirs for support and he marries the pregnant Hannah. (But Faber does not know this then)With a psychological thriller-like opening the story has set the tragic undercurrent which runs through the rest of the film like a dark river.

The role of Faber is genuinely well played by the American actor Sam Shepard. Faber is a man of sciences who believes only in what is calculable and rational, he distrusts emotions and those things happening by chance.

On a flight from Caracas, Venezuela to New York Faber's plane has to ditch down in the Mexican desert due to fire in two of the plane's four propeller engines. While in the Mexican desert Faber coolly opens his travel typewriter and sits down to write a letter of goodbye to his old New York girl friend Ivy (played with conviction by Deborah-Lee Furness). One of the fellow (and surviving) passengers is Herbert Henche (played by Dieter Kirchlechner) who happens to be the brother of Joachim from the student days in Zurich. Henche tells Faber that Joachim now owns a tobacco plantation in Central America and Faber decides to join him. Together they travel back to Central America to find Joachim. On arrival they sadly discover that Joachim has taken his own life. Upon returning to New York Faber is surprised to know that his old flame Ivy has created a special welcoming dinner for two in his apartment (she had a spear key) and she pushes Faber to make a commitment to her. This however is Faber's worst nightmare and he flees. He instantly books a ticket on a passenger ship headed for France. On board Faber meets the young and exciting woman Sabeth (played charmingly by Julie Delpy) and is instantly attracted to her. They fall in love and Faber offers to drive her to Rome where she will study art. In Italy they live out their romance among beautiful buildings and art. But now the dark undercurrent in the theme forces its way through and in a chocking revelation Faber now discovers that Sabeth is actually his daughter with Hannah, the unborn child he once, according to Hannah, "found inconvenient" to have and rejected. With an ugly twist of faith Faber takes Sabeth with him to Greece for a hollyday; it will prove to be their last together. Sabeth dies abruptly; Faber by chance meets Hannah again, also in Greece. There is a brief, but dark reunion between them as Hanna learn about Faber's involvement with Sabeth, their common child.

The film Homo Faber is a fiest for the eyes, beautifully shot in many countries on three continents. With stunning sceneries like the ones of the four engine air plane, the wide fields in Italy and inside the Louvre Museum in Paris, just to mention a few. With his book Homo Faber, Max Frisch re-created a universal theme; the filmed version of the book extends this best seller to an even wider audience. Five shiny stars for a great tallent!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful... but heartbreaking! Oct. 24 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
I am a great fan of Julie Delpy, which was my main reason for purchasing this video. "Voyager" is a theatrical masterpiece, unlike any other that I have ever seen before. Ms. Delpy gave a stellar performance as Sabeth, in a very emotional and beautiful role.
I absolutely love this video, and I could not be more happier that I decided to purchase it. Yet, by the same token, I must admit I was not quite prepared for the ending... It struck me as sharply, as an unexpected bolt of lightning. Although it was heartbreaking, I must admit that you also are left with the profound feeling that it truly could not have any ended any other way.
A beautiful film, one to cherish for a lifetime. I am sure that, once you have watched "Voyager", one will never view their lives, in quite the same way, ever again. But be certain to have a box of tissues with you... By the time this movie has finished, you will need them.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Mindsweepingly beautiful--A keeper Aug. 20 2010
By By n By - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Without going much further into detail about the storyline that was previously given by someone else, I'd like to comment on the overall concept of the movie and its main characters. Beautifully shot on location in various locales in Europe helped to give the characters more depth in their surroundings. Sam Shepard and Julie Delpy were very convincing as tender lovers in this haunting and thought provoking story.
In reality, this subject matter would naturally have herendous repercussions. Though its characters are gripped by what has happened, the film makes you FEEL for the two lovers and the girl's mother. Total escapism for the senses yet mind blowing!
I saw this film about 7 years ago on cable tv and later purchased the video. I am so
happy that it has finally been released on DVD! I have now purchased this format and
anticipate seeing the deleted scences, etc. It's near the top of my all time favorite films!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Thought provoking film Aug. 6 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
"Voyager" has the look and feel of a foreign film, yet its dialogue is in English (chiefly because of Sam Shepard's lead role). All the more to make it accessible to viewers of very though-provoking cinema. It starts out as a look at the 1950s man-of-science, played by Shepard. An engineer of dams on a UNESCO project, he quickly steps into a series of coincidences that circle tighter and tighter into his past. Along the way he meets a beautiful, innocent young girl (Julie Delpy) and a love story develops, neatly but deftly, aboard a steamer to France and a car trip through Europe to Greece. The film's themes are coincidence and the final reckoning of life's events, be they random or chosen. The sometimes dizzying effects of what we call "destiny" ring out loudly in "Voyager", perhaps too harshly at times, but with skillful scene cutting and casting, it manages to offer a sobering ending without being maudlin. As with most non-blockbuster films, the score is understated yet touching. Delpy is just right for her role as Sabeth, the fresh girl away on adventures, yet adds a touch of melancholy that some of today's Hollywood actresses lack. I wish she'd have skipped things like "American Werewolf in Paris". And Shepard plays Walter Faber with expert detachment. He's the older man, devoted to all things proven by technology, whose world comes apart as he tries to find love with Sabeth.

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