News from Home

News from Home ★★★★

Pairing the letters of her mother read over elegant shots of New York City, Chantal Akerman creates one of the most unforgettable and heartbreaking audio-visual experiences. I found myself on edge as the letters from Akerman’s mother became less frequent before blending into the background entirely as the sounds of the city got increasingly louder. The striking images of NYC will make you feel as though you’re watching a painting in motion and by making Akerman herself an unseen/unheard force in the film, you get the strong sense of her experiencing familial disconnection and urban alienation in a profound way that acts as the perfect time capsule of an artist truly coming into their own.

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