News from Home ★★★½

Akerman recreates her experience of living in New York City in this imaginative nonfiction film. She shows us various parts of the city, often places where she lived or wandered, and via voiceovers, she reads her mother's letters to her, written during the couple of years when she lived in the United States. The two seemingly disconnected parts slowly create a larger picture of being in a foreign country and of keeping one's home country in one's thoughts, until, bit by bit, one becomes acclimated to the new surroundings, the new language, the new society, and discovers a new home. It's a thought-provoking and meditative piece, all the more heartbreaking when it's posited alongside Akerman's suicide after her mother's death. (March 2016)