Retro: Chantal Akerman


Chantal Akerman
FRA 1986
104 min

In 1975 Aurelia Schober Plath published selected letters from her daughter Sylvia Plath under the title <![CDATA[<i>]]> Letters Home: Correspondence 1950-1963<![CDATA[</i>]]>. The correspondence was the basis for Rose Leiman Goldembergs <![CDATA[<i>]]>Letters Home. A Drama<![CDATA[</i>]]>. Chantal Akerman adapted Françoise Merle’s play for her film, with the mother Delphine and daughter Coralie Seyrig as the leas. <![CDATA[<i>]]>Letters Home<![CDATA[</i>]]> is a raw adaptation and prime example for how theater can be turned into a film. It is filled with references that are idiosyncratic for Akerman. There is the dialogue between mother and daughter that never occurred in the cinema – and life – of Chantal Akerman, as well as the suicide, that has been omnipresent in her work since <filmlink id=\"3914\">Saute ma ville</filmlink>.

Jacor Productions, Théatrales Centre Simone de Beauvoir, Ministère de la culture France
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