I love Chantal Akerman. This bio/doc is great, although I think it is important to see her work first, not start with this. There are some spoilers for those who have not seen Jeanne Dielman or Saute Ma Ville, and a few of her other films. I recommend starting with her first films and seeing them all chronologically to really feel her process.
Kind of an apéritif. Appropriate, as I saw it screened, as perhaps it ideally should be, as an addendum to a screening of No Home Movie. Not very many 20th century artists mean as much to me as Akerman. To me she is the artist who best guided us out of modernist alienation and into the light of a new kind of playground. The best moments focus on her at work. There are also some wonderful moment w/ Aurore Clément.
OK if you are a super fan of her work. Although I respect her work and she was one of the most important directors in narrative cinema, who infused some experimental elements and forms, I have never fell in love with her films. She isn't an interesting person to listen to regarding film, and as a person I've never really liked listening to her interviews. Essentially, not really worth watching unless you love her.
Sadly, Chantal Akerman left us behind. I'm always impressed w/ her work like intimate "Je, tu, il, elle," sublime "La folie Almayer" & ofc devastatingly superb "Jeanne Dielman." So I can't cope with this painful loss(& can't see her last movie yet) but this movie's last sequence retells my sadness as my hope, her death as new departure for another world which she or even we don't know. Au revoir, Chantal Akerman.
While I wouldn't call it comprehensive by any means, this documentary is a great overview of Akerman's films, themes, and style. Certainly ideal for and accessible to newcomers to her work. As most footage of her captured within the past three years does, this film tragically foreshadows her suicide. Loved the interview with another of my favorite auteurs, Gus Van Sant.
Un beau document avant la mort de Chantal. De la voir dans plusieurs pays, différents contextes, au travail, restitue justement le personnage! Dommage qu'il y ait autant d'extraits de films et pas plus de témoignages, d'interviews et d'images archives.
An insightful look inside the process of Chantal and her life's work. Loved the moment when she describes why she wants the audience to feel the passing of time in each shot as opposed to it being taken from them.
Stunning, and in light of Ackerman's untimely death, precious. It's hard to imagine this most alive of filmmakers, this acute and unsparing eye, is no longer with us. A must for anyone who loves the art of film.