The “I” is a young woman, a willing prisoner in a bedroom. The presence of time dramatizes this enclosure in relation to solitude and solitude’s impossibility. The “you” is the writing, of letters and texts. The “he” is a lorry-driver who talks of his relationship to women. Finally, “she”, a girlfriend who at first refuses to take back the recluse and at last invites her into bed.
Je tu il elle
Belgium-France, 1974 / 35mm / Color / 90 min
Cast: Chantal Akerman, Niels Arestrup, Claire Wauthion
Sound: Alain Pierre, Samy Szlingerbaum
Editing: Luc Freché
Photography: Bénédicte Delesalle
At the time of shooting, Chantal Akerman was 24 and the film is a wonderfully blatant work of autobiography. The progress of this film’s narrative is clearly heralded by its title.