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7.7
/10
530 Ratings

No Home Movie

Directed by Chantal Akerman
Belgium, France, 2015
Documentary
  • French
  • English

Synopsis

The final film from groundbreaking auteur Chantal Akerman is a portrait of her relationship with her mother, Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and familiar presence in many of her daughter’s films.

Our take

In what would become Akerman’s final film, the great director returns home to visit her aging mother. Echoing the evocative portrait of female domesticity of her first feature, Jeanne Dielman, this masterpiece of intimacy is a profound reflection on family history and mother-daughter relations.

No Home Movie Directed by Chantal Akerman

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best Documentary

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | Nominee: Most Anticipated of 2016

2016 | Nominee: Best Documentary

As great films do, No Home Movie revivifies its subjects in order to share with us a primal truth about mortality and the mothers who live in us—whether we like it or not—from our first breath to our last.
May 03, 2016
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It is composed entirely out of images, shot by Chantal with a little camera, of her beloved mother in the last phase of her life… passages of raw unfolding time exactingly positioned against one another, slowly acquiring centrifugal force and moving toward an inevitable conclusion.
October 07, 2015
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Both elliptical and tryingly quotidian, No Home Movie is a shattering contemplation of loss and grief as much as it is a search for identity and calm, for rootedness from a perpetually nomadic, breathless soul. It is not a home movie: it is a movie about having no home.
September 08, 2015
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