Isolation, writing, eating, traveling, & sex - all parts of what Akerman does in her directorial feature-length debut, also stars in as well. There are moments where you'll think you might yawn on how she does her daily routine & road trip before seeing her lover, but her style in camerawork & storytelling has a lot to tell & can get some into feeling like you're with her in the film when viewing the first time. <3
3 very 'male' literary/cinematic tropes 1) The intense, consuming, artist's isolation; 2) the rootless nighttime wanderer of highways, diners, lonely encounters; 3) the rakish ex-lover, charming their way back... But embodied by a woman. And it strikes me that this is the very 1st time I've gotten to see that... Not a great film, despite some neat formalism. But I'd show it to every young non-male artist I could. 3.5
It's about love. There are elements of performance art, particularly in the first part. Something is narrated and then performed. I love the sugar, because that is so accurate as a form of desperation. The second part is like a silent documentary. Then there is a narrative. Lastly there is a seduction and lovemaking. "Leap and dance and kiss whom you please."
I can't recall a time I have been more devastated by an artist leaving this life. I don't know of another filmmaker who has captured such agonizing isolation meshed simultaneously with rabid intimacy via the most minimal of means. This is human being.
A fellow mubi user, Matthew Marten's put it best: "Je Tu Il Elle is another of [Ackerman's] fine and convincing demonstrations that the rigors of avant-garde experimentation can coexist peaceably and movingly with highly personal, emotional material."
These early Akermans are such a strange and lustrous lot. Je Tu Il Elle is another of her fine and convincing demonstrations that the rigors of avant-garde experimentation can coexist peaceably and movingly with highly personal, emotional material.
A brave, very intimate debut. I love the kind of films where you can immediately feel an honest, expressive voice behind the camera, and here a 25-year old Akerman builds her own atmosphere and language to let it all out.