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News from Home (1977)

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Impersonal but beautiful images of Akerman's life in New York are combined with letters from her loving but manipulative mother, read by Akerman herself.

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Chantal Akerman

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Chantal Akerman ... Self - Letter Reader (voice)
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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. The City comes more and more to the front while the words of the mother, read by Akerman herself, gradually fade away. Written by Guy Bellinger

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When Akerman's mother writes her father lost 300,000 francs due to a client's bankruptcy, that would equate to about $8,300 at the time or $38,100 in 2019. See more »

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Herself - Letter Reader: Dearest child, I received your letter and hope you'll write often. In any case, I hope you'll be home soon. I hope you're behaving and that you've found work by now. I think you're happy in New York, so we're happy too, even though we do miss you. When will you be back?
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Besides some interesting shots of 1970's New York (when we all should have been snatching up real estate), this film is tedious.
27 August 1999 | by mitchmcc-2See all my reviews

I saw this film yesterday in a theatre, and admittedly the print looked like it has seen better days. While the idea of letters from home-- in this case from the filmmaker's mother in Belgium-- being used as a narrative device over images is an intersting idea, "News from Home" proves that it's difficult to keep up a device for very long... or, in any case, that it has to be more carefully structured. Besides some interesting shots of 1970's New York (when we all should have been snatching up real estate) and the mesmserizing silence of urban landscape and isolated people, this film is largely tedious.


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8 June 1977 (France) See more »

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