Je, tu, il, elle

Following Akerman’s wildly formative New York years (where she was drawn to Anthology Film Archives and the films of Michael Snow, Yvonne Rainer, and Jonas Mekas) she returned to Belgium and crafted two of her greatest works: Jeanne Dielman & Je, tu, il, elle. Freed from the confines of narrative filmmaking, Je, tu, il, elle sees Akerman beginning to explore the themes that would come to fruition in Jeanne Dielman. Julie (played by Akerman)’s intimate routine is broken by two sexual encounters, each shot with keen attunement to the viewer’s inherent voyeurism; “like her earlier movies, it was about estrangement, only this time depicted not through the absence of the physical and the sexual, faces and bodies, but through an emphasis on them” (Michael Koresky).

Dir. Chantal Akerman, 1974, DCP, 86 min.