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News from Home (1977)

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 ... Herself - 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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France | Belgium | West Germany

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French

Release Date:

8 June 1977 (France) See more »

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Briefe von zu Haus See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastman Color)

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1.37 : 1
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This film is included in the "Chantal Akerman in the Seventies" box-set, which is part of the Criterion Collection, Eclipse series 19. 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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An entrancing art piece.
10 September 2002 | by goboogieSee all my reviews

If you've ever wanted to just stand in front of a painting and stare at it, this is your chance. Or, alternately, like a whole gallery of your favorite artist for you spend an hour and a half studying their pieces.

"News From Home" gives you that chance. It isn't a movie for the average viewer, or even the average museum goer. It's introspective, spellbinding and gorgeous, given a chance. I loaned it to a friend and suggested he "let yourself go" while watching it, and he reported "it turned into magic once I let it flow through me."

If you want things that blow up, swear words, and sex, you are in the way wrong place sister. This is one of the best art films I have ever seen, without all that inaccesible interiority of so many other "art" film makers.

It's more like a personal documentary, which sounds impossible to pull off doesn't it? Well, Derek Jarman's "Blue" pales to this private gallery of scenery and emotion, which makes "News" far advanced, cuz "Blue" is my fave of his.


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