My Father’s House, A Journey of Love and Memory

January 21, 2020

At one point in this remarkable film, 89-year-old Dr. Peter Reimann, accompanied on piano by daughter Hannah Reimann, sings this brief German art song from Schubert’s Die Winterreise No. 15. The Raven (Die Krähe).

A crow was with me

from out of town

even up to this moment.

It flies around my head.

A native German, Dr. Reimann explains that the black bird has ominous meaning in Germany: “… if it comes and flies around your head, it’s not really a good sign for me, my head, if it is my head. It tries to pull me away from my real world into the crow’s world.” We learn that at this time he had recently been diagnosed with ostensible Alzheimer’s disease.

Read full review in The Gerontologist.