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News from Home (1977)

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 »

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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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8 June 1977 (France) See more »

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Briefe von zu Haus See more »

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Anti-Cinema
5 December 2017 | by John ElrickSee all my reviews

This film is a self-indulgent affront to Cinema itself. Dull and self-absorbed to an infuriating degree, it stands not only as an insult but as a warning. That it is not only possible to create such an awful film but also to induce otherwise intelligent film- goers to buy into the idea that it's worth watching.

It might have worked had it been presented as a Dada-esque satire about film-making or familial angst. I highly recommend that anyone interested in cinema should watch this, for no other reason than to understand just how bad things can get in "documentary film-making".


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