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.


Chantal Akerman


Chantal Akerman





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Chantal Akerman ... Self - Letter Reader (voice)


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 »


[first lines]
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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one of the most important minimalist films
2 December 2007 | by Ethan_FordSee all my reviews

Following the epic JEANNE DIELMAN Akerman has relocated from old Europe to the very heart of the new world,in other words New York City.She has also made a much shorter film and one without a star,in fact without any stars at all.The images of New York,its streets,subways and buildings ,lovingly shot by camera-person Babette Mangolte,act as counterpoint to the soundtrack,not just the monotonous sounds of everyday life but the sound of the director's voice reading the letters written to her by her mother in Belgium. Akerman left home when she was twenty without telling her parents and this film records the sights and sounds of the strange city she found herself in,her alienation reinforced by the news her mother related from a distant continent.At once a film about America,urban life,loneliness,the place of the spectator,the film is incredibly sensual,a mosaic of images,colours,sounds.

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8 June 1977 (France) See more »

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Color (Eastman Color)

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1.37 : 1
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