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818 Ratings

Almayer's Folly

La folie Almayer

Directed by Chantal Akerman
Belgium, France, 2011
  • French
  • English


Somewhere in Southeast Asia, in a little lost village on a wide and turbulent river, a European man clings to his pipe dreams out of love for his daughter. A story of passion, loss and madness.

Our take

In her last narrative feature film, Chantal Akerman’s alternately structured an organic visual language—patient, intense, emotive long-takes—demonstrating a director’s complete command of form. An ambitious adaptation that refocuses and subverts its source material: the debut novel of Joseph Conrad.

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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