No Home Movie ★★★

"You know all sorts of things others don't know."
[...]
"Mommy. Tell me a story."

In the documentary I Don't Belong Anywhere, Chantal Akerman wonders what she'll do now that her mother has died. In this one, she films her mother slowly deteriorating over a series of visits to her home, with Akerman in full-on Ross McElwee mode, her camera always perched on her shoulder, even when they're on Skype. Unbearably sad to watch at times, especially in the home stretch when her mother is scarcely recognizable as the woman who just a short time earlier needed little prompting to call up her memories of life in Poland and Belgium under the Nazis.