This text paints an intimate picture of family life, with its catalogue of minor illnesses, domestic routines, betrothals and financial anxieties. The elegiac emotionalism of the text is counterpointed not only by the flat monotone of Akerman’s recitation but also by the images of Manhattan as an alien, urban ghost-town, its streets preternaturally empty.
News from Home
Belgium-France, 1976 / 16mm / Color / 90 min
Cast: Chantal Akerman
Production: Marilyn Watelet , Alain Dahan
Sound: Dominique Dalmasso
Editing: Francine Sandberg
Photography: Babette Mangolte, Luc Benhamou
News from home comes through as « love letters » to the filmmaker in New York from her mother in Europe.