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Almayer's Folly

La folie Almayer

Directed by Chantal Akerman
Belgium, France, 2011
Drama

Synopsis

Almayer is a European trader in 1950s Malaysia. His house has seen better times and the jungle iaims to take it back. His Malaysian wife is mad. Their daughter has been sent away for a better life and an education. But his dreams of a Western life for his daughter slowly lead to destruction.

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Almayer's Folly Directed by Chantal Akerman
Boiling the plot down to a dramatically intense and stark story, without completely overthrowing the evocative, grand themes of existentialism and patriarchy, Akerman has remained faithful to the power of the everyday and her singular body of work.
September 01, 2012
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It’s as technically virtuosic as it is emotionally resonant, a work of literature come to vibrant life with none of the hallmarks of “authentic” adaptation. In other words, it’s another example of the essentiality of Chantal Akerman.
August 10, 2012
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Akerman’s formal control is, as always, astounding. But it is the richly evocative performances of Marion (aggressive yet enticing) and Merhar (wearing world-weariness like an aged suit) that cut deepest.
August 06, 2012
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