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27 December 1985 (USA) See more »
'Je' is a girl voluntarily lock up in a room. 'Tu' is the script. 'Il' is a lorry driver. 'Elle' is the girlfriend. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Chantal Akerman ... Julie

Niels Arestrup ... Truck-driver
Claire Wauthion ... Girlfriend

Directed by
Chantal Akerman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chantal Akerman 
Eric De Kuyper 
Paul Paquay 

Produced by
Chantal Akerman .... producer
Cinematography by
Bénédicte Delesalle 
Renelde Dupont 
Charlotte Szlovak 
Film Editing by
Luc Fréché 
Geneviève Luciani 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Arias .... assistant director
Art Department
Michel Fradier .... props
Sound Department
Marc Lobet .... sound effects
Alain Pierre .... sound effects
Gérard Rousseau .... sound re-recording mixer
Samy Szlingerbaum .... sound
Other crew
Nicole Cérès .... collaborator
Marc Maes .... collaborator
Marc Mopty .... collaborator
Emile Poppe .... collaborator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Je, tu, il, elle" - France (original title)
"I, You, He, She" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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86 min
Sound Mix:
Netherlands:18 (orginal rating)

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Julie:When I looked up suddenly... there were people walking in the street. I spilled all the sugar on the letters on the floor... and lay down again... and waited. I waited some more for it to pass or for something to happen - for me to believe in God or for you to send gloves for the cold.See more »
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21 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Painfully Naked Honesty in Examination of Identity and Sexuality, 22 May 2005
Author: jazzest ( from Chiba City, Japan

Some use film-making as a tool to reflect themselves and search their identities. With her first important feature, Je, tu, il, elle, Chantal Akerman relays this tradition, which has been established and inherited mostly by generations of female filmmakers, from Maya Deren to Rose Troche and Jennie Livingston. Like Deren, Akerman combines a traditional narrative and surrealistic ingredients, but Akerman's surrealism is more true-to-life than Deren's, as seen in a sugar-only diet of "Je" or a wrestling-like foreplay between "Je" and "Elle." Painfully naked honesty in these scenes shows how seriously Akerman is in need of examining her identity and sexuality.

(The surface of the film extremely resembles Stranger Than Paradise by Jim Jarmusch, completed in 1983; the two films share the three-episode plot and the B/W medium shots by the fixed camera without panning/tilting/dollying. But this may be irrelevant for viewing this Akerman film.)

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