News from Home

The perfect blend of honest storytelling through setting, voiceover and autobiographical perspective. The final ten minutes, in which a long take occurs once Akerman leaves New York is nothing short of a momentous goodbye to a city she settled in for new found opportunities and a much-needed return to her mother, to whom she read her letters to. One of those letters - when the mum has no company once everyone in the family have different paths - is heartbreaking, as you consider the distance between them. And perhaps Akerman's long takes have become much more richer (and often geometrical, given that some of them are shot in the hallway of a train station), where urban decay and activity are often highlighted, conveying how routine it is with the relationship she has with the city.

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