Hotel Monterey is a cheap hotel in New York reserved for the outcasts of American society. Chantal Akerman invites viewers to visit this unusual place as well as the people who live there, from the reception up to the last story.
In a 360° circular panoramic shot the camera slowly pans an entire apartment (or house). When it first passes the bedroom there is nobody there but each time it shows the room again Chantal... See full summary »
Anna, a detached and diffident director, arrives in Germany to show her latest film; she checks into a hotel, invites a stranger to her bed, and abruptly tells him to leave. He asks her to ... See full summary »
Chantal Akerman, the Belgian filmmaker, lives in New York. Filmed images of the City are accompanied by the texts of Chantal Akerman's loving but manipulative mother back home in Brussels. ... See full summary »
A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.
Jack and Julie live in a bare flat in Paris. At night, Jack drives a taxi while Julie wanders around the city, and in the day they make love. One day Julie meets Joseph, the daytime driver ... See full summary »
Chantal Akerman films her mother, an old woman of Polish origin who is short lifetime, in her apartment in Brussels. For two hours, we will see them eating, chatting and sharing memories, ... See full summary »
After having seen "Jeanne Dielman", I can clearly see how great of a filmmaker Chantal Akerman is, and, although I disliked this film, I'm still highly interested in her other works. However, this is one of the worst films I've seen recently.
Yes, it was her first film, so I shouldn't be too angry, of course. She made it at only the age of 18, so I probably shouldn't be expecting "Citizen Kane", but it was still a pain to sit through! It felt pretentious, nonsensical, and, overall, the film was really annoying. Now I'm sure there's people out there saying I didn't get it, and that I should never watch Chantal Akerman's work because of my views on this, but, there is not necessarily any actual meaning here. With "Jeanne Dielman", people (including myself) can make tons of theories and such on the film. I mean, it is a film that has been analyzed time and time again! Here, I just don't see anything!
I don't know, maybe I'm stupid, but it seems like this isn't a very good film.
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