“I have a personal connection with Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) which for most people is overtly associated with Christmas, but for me it goes even beyond that. As a young kid I used to live with my mother in Romania. While my father lived in the United States. Watching Home Alone 2 always reminded me of New York, because that is where my father was working at the time. That is why I have such a personal connection to the movie. I would watch the movie and think to myself, “I have been there, I have walked on those streets and I have seen those buildings in real life.” Watching this movie gave me a feeling of warmth, because of the memories that I had when my father came to visit me in the winter in Romania, but also the memories and the memorable sights that me and my mother saw and had when we would travel to visit my father in New York during summers. When he left, it was then always nice to watch Home Alone again, knowing that he had arrived safely back in New York. In general my father would be gone for about a year or sometimes a year and a half. My mom and I first visited him in 2001 right before September 11th. Which was crazy because I stood in the Twin Towers in the summer of that year. My mom was really worried when we saw the attack on TV, because he worked close nearby. Luckily my father was unharmed. Eventually we moved to the US in 2004 and that’s when our family was finally together again. To me this film represents that even though our family was apart during this time. We’re still together in some form or way. I was a little bit ‘home alone’, because one person was sometimes missing.” – Dan Ungureanu.
Photo and story by Feargal Agard.