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803 Ratings

News From Home

Directed by Chantal Akerman
France, Belgium, 1977
Avant-Garde, Documentary


Akerman’s unforgettable time capsule of New York City in the 1970s is also a gorgeous meditation on urban alienation and personal and familial disconnection.

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News From Home Directed by Chantal Akerman
It’s a stunning portrait of urban alienation and the way things change when leaving the nest of motherhood.
July 17, 2018
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Akerman keeps it simple but open. It’s a film that wasn’t finished by herself or the editor. It is finished when it meets its viewer, and when the viewer decides what s/he sees, what s/he wants to read into the images before his/her eyes. Only then News from Home is complete. Only then do we see just how complex simplicity can be.
August 04, 2017
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It’s simultaneously an elegy to New York City and a unique portrait of the mother-daughter relationship via Akerman’s poignant reading of the letters she received from her mother when she moved to NYC from Belgium. A haunting, beautiful, brilliantly layered depiction of filial affection and late-’70s Manhattan.
October 10, 2016
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