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Directed by Chantal Akerman | 1977
“an extraordinary archive of the city, as distant and strange to us now as it must have seemed to a young European filmmaker who followed an instinct to be where things were happening.”
—Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice

Akerman’s minimalist masterpiece juxtaposes transfixing, long-take shots of 1970s New York City (where she lived in the early 70s) with readings of letters from her mother in Belgium. The contrast between the mundanity of these domestic reports—family gossip, a mother’s fretting, imploring pleas to write more—and the bleak, beautiful, alien cityscapes yields a poignant reflection on distance, dislocation, and detachment.

 
 
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