The schoolgirl Michèle skips school, meets deserter Paul and falls in love. However at the party she doesn’t dance with Paul, but with her bosom buddy Danièle.
It is a Wednesday in April, 1968. Fifteen-year-old Michèle has just decided not to go to school any more. To kill time, she goes to the cinema where a young man, the deserter Paul, happens to touch her knee. Afterwards, the truant and the deserter stroll through the streets of Brussels. She invites him to a party that evening at her best friend Danièle’s place. He refuses because he doesn’t want to be forced to enjoy himself. She also asks Paul to go to bed with her – her first time. That evening at the party everyone dances and makes love. Michèle dances with Danièle, until she leaves because someone is waiting for her. She shows Paul to Danièle. ‘Go on! This is the man of your life. I knew it right away.’ –IFFR
Dubbed by the Village Voice as “arguably the most important European director of her generation,” Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman is known for making innovative films that have often earned comparison to those of Jean-Luc Godard or Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Although she rejects the label of “feminist filmmaker,” Akerman has become a guiding light in making films about the real issues faced by women, employing an experimental, deeply personal approach to her subjects.
A disciple of Godard (who first inspired the then-15-year-old Akerman with his Pierre le fou), Akerman attended Brussels’ INSAS film school and the Universite Internationale du Paris. She demonstrated her devotion to Godard with her first amateur short subject, 1968’s Saute Ma Ville (Blow up My Town), which three years after its completion was entered in the Oberhausen Festival. Working on the fringes of show business in New York in the early ’70s, Akerman became an enthusiastic participant in the avant garde film… read more