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Les Rendez-vous d'Anna (The Meetings of Anna). 1978. Belgium/France/West Germany. Directed by Chantal Akerman. In French; English subtitles. 127 min.
In Chantal Akerman’s fourth feature—the follow-up to her breakthrough film Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)—a Belgian filmmaker (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 floes of history.
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