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Chantal Akerman, production still from Letters Home, 1986

A Nos Amours: Chantal Akerman 12: Letters Home

18 Sep 2014

On 11 February 1963, Sylvia Plath, poet and author of The Bell Jar, thirty years old, married, with two children, killed herself. Then, in 1975, Aurelia Schober Plath, Sylvia’s mother, published selected letters from her daughter as Letters Home: Correspondence 1950-1963.

These letters then became the basis for Rose Leiman Goldembergs’s off-Broadway hit: Letters Home. In 1984, this was staged in Paris, directed by Françoise Merle. In 1986 Chantal Akerman directed this film version.

Letters Home is therefore an object passed from a poet to her mother, from her mother to a woman playwright, then to a woman theatre director, and finally to a woman film maker. This is a remarkable heritage: an object passed from hand to hand, a form of exchange between generations of mothers and daughters.

Hardly seen, but surely a work that elaborates Akerman’s perpetual concern with communication and exchange between mother and daughter.

Letters Home, dir. Chantal Akerman, France 1986, 104 mins, video

This screening is part of what is believed to be the most complete retrospective ever attempted of Chantal Akerman's work, and is presented by film collective A Nos Amours.

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