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80 Ratings

Golden Eighties

Directed by Chantal Akerman
France, Belgium, 1986
Comedy, Musical


A musical dealing with love and city centre stores. The film takes place in a shopping mall where we encounter different people and see their responses to life around them. Film is a development of the earlier film, LES ANNEES 80.

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Golden Eighties Directed by Chantal Akerman
Chantal Akerman’s upbeat musical may be her least characteristic film prior to A COUCH IN NEW YORK, though it’s still extremely personal. The meticulous framing and camera movements reflect her exacting visual sensibility, and the emphasis on romantic disappointment is in keeping with such films as JE TU IL ELLE and TOUTE UNE NUIT.
October 26, 2018
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It’s a study in emotional surfeit within a minimalist-pop aesthetic… The film’s subject is romantic love—found, lost, and desired. Marc Hérouet’s score is bouncy although a bit repetitive, necessary grounding for Akerman’s wildly associative lyrics, which make me simultaneously laugh and cry from first to last.
September 14, 2017
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Though Akerman links erotic crises to political crises, her art is essentially choreographic; she sets her colorfully clad characters in motion as they mouth the droll, bouncy songs (for which Akerman wrote the lyrics) directly into the camera. With canny cinematic references, she evokes a post-ideological age of practical business and cultivated optimism balanced blithely between catastrophe and apocalypse.
February 19, 2016
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