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No Home Movie2015

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The final film from groundbreaking auteur Chantal Akerman, NO HOME MOVIE is a portrait of her relationship with her mother, Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and familiar presence in many of her daughter's films.

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It's fair for viewers to know going in that Akerman committed suicide shortly after completing this film. For some this might be too raw and painful to watch, especially those who've suffered great loss or severe depression.

We were incredibly lucky to have Akerman for as long as we did - her entire body of work needs to seen, shared and studied ("The Captive" is great and also on Fandor). But be cautious with No Home Movie - see it in a time of preparedness.

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It's fair for viewers to know going in that Akerman committed suicide shortly after completing this film. For some this might be too raw and painful to watch, especially those who've suffered great loss or severe depression.

We were incredibly lucky to have Akerman for as long as we did - her entire body of work needs to seen, shared and studied ("The Captive" is great and also on Fandor). But be cautious with No Home Movie - see it in a time of preparedness.

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An insufferably boring film consisting of meaningless imagery, and mundane conversations, all of which, I suppose, Ms. Akerman construed as some kind of artful exposition of her relationship with her mother. While Ms. Akerman may title the film "No Home Movie" it nevertheless comes across as a most pretentious "Art House Home Movie" and could well qualify as some sort of archetypal example of Cinema of The Absurd. You may love it if you are fascinated with five minutes of a tree blowing in the wind, a shirtless obese man sitting in a park, a broken down lawn chair in a garden, long stretches of desert scenery jaggedly photographed from a moving car, or ridiculously superficial conversations of no concern to the viewer filmed through a doorway or in the dark.

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A very personal film, Chantal Akerman positions her camera as if it serves as more than a recording device -- it seems as if it is spying into Akerman's life as she spends time with her mother. The movie is intentionally paced. The first shot lingers for a very long time. That tree being blown by the desert air refuses to succumb. A sort of documentary that serves as a testament of love for a mother and between a daughter and her mother -- the film lingers in the memory with a sad sort of determination. Watching the scene with which Akerman chose to end the film has taken an even more depressing impression knowing that she would take her own life less than a year after her mother's death.

It was too shocking for me that she committed suicide after the release of this Film. The film is so inspiring and deep. I was touched.

You'll either love it or hate it.

I thought it was wonderful!

A love story told in Ackerman terms.

Although a low-wattage film that simply observes, quietly and steadfastly. this is an intensely personal. honest and moving valedictory. The title I think refers to the hard truth at the film's core: For some, there is "no home" once one is orphaned in the world, with both parents gone. The final shot of Akerman about to leave her mother's apartment after her death, presumably for the last time, is devastating.

Very mournful, very profound, I went back to seeing From The East after this... same themes, same language, beautiful.