A truly voyeuristic film by Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman which, among others, brings to mind Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Rear Window
(also screening at IFFR). Akerman does not film here with any
preconceived intentions. She seeks to be as open and blank as
possible, to ensure that things take their own course. A remarkable
self-portrait essay, open to many interpretations, embracing some of
the most important elements of Akerman’s work and using the interplay of
place and displacement to wrest beauty from despair.
Akerman spends a brief period in an apartment by the sea in Tel Aviv, Israel.
From her apartment, she spies on the neighboring apartments and films
people living their ordinary daily lives. In voice-over, she reflects
on her family, her Jewish identity and her childhood. She wonders
whether normal everyday life is possible in this place, and whether
filming is a realistic option.