Les Rendez-vous d'Anna (The Meetings of Anna) (1978)

  • New Directors/New Films at 50: A Retrospective
  • 2h 8m
  • Belgium, France, West germany

In Chantal Akerman’s fourth feature—a follow-up to her breakthrough film, _Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles _(1975)—Belgian filmmaker Anna (Aurore Clément), on a promotional tour through a featureless northern Europe, fluctuates between intimacy and disengagement with a series of figures, including a one-night stand (Helmut Griem), a former lover (Jean-Pierre Cassel), and her distant mother (Lea Massari). A kind-of self-portrait as only Akerman could have made, Les Rendez-vous d’Anna dials down the legendary rigor of Jeanne Dielman in favor of a more open, wide-ranging structure to evoke the solitude of a woman drifting along the currents of history.


Chantal Akerman





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