Much thanks to Stephen & Malcom:
Portrait d'une jeune fille de la fin des années 60 a Bruxelles
Deceptively subtle and simple, it's a portrait of a young woman grappling with her self-imposed freedom, sexuality, and the tumults of modern life within the confines of a country that was a month away from tipping over into madness. However, even by neutering the inherent political genealogy, it's still such an absolutely overwhelming piece of work about formulating an identity out of such a despondent and unrefined frame of mind in such a callously sexual environment.
Chantal Akerman's films seriously resonate with me despite my gender. Even outside of exposing the "real issues" that women face either publicly or interiorly, the need to be recognized, accommodated and acknowledged in a world that appears to be leaving you behind, with people who appear wizened by experience or tragedy is something universal and personal.
I'll be thinking about this film for a very long time, I can tell.