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Je Tu Il Elle (1974)

Je tu il elle (original title)
'Je' is a girl voluntarily lock up in a room. 'Tu' is the script. 'Il' is a lorry driver. 'Elle' is the girlfriend.


Chantal Akerman




Credited cast:
Chantal Akerman ... Julie
Niels Arestrup ... Truck-driver
Claire Wauthion ... Girlfriend


For more than a month, eating only powered sugar, a woman tries to deal with a breakup: she paints her room twice, removes the furniture, writes and rewrites a letter to her lover, clarifying all she had said. She spreads the pages on the floor. She lies down and waits. Finally, her sugar eaten, she is hungry and leaves. She flags down a truck; she and the trucker drive through the dark, stopping at a diner and bars. He asks for a hand job, she complies. He talks about his wife, children, and sex life. She arrives at the flat of her lover, a woman, who tells her she cannot stay. She says she is hungry, so her lover feeds her then allows her to stay the night. They make love. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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[first lines]
Julie: And so I left. A tiny white room - on the ground floor - as narrow as a corridor - where I lie, motionless - and alert - on my mattress. The first day I painted the furniture blue.
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Nous n'irons plus au bois
Traditional French
Lyrics by Madame du Pompadour
Music from the Gregorian 'Kyrie' of the "Mass of the Angels"
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8 January 2021 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

I have to be honest, this was a damn tedious film. It may have been trying to communicate depression, the banality of real, unromanticized sex, or the banality of existence in general. It may have been trying to communicate a progression from loneliness, to meaningless sex with a man, to true passion with another woman. I don't know, but regardless, it does so in such a sterile, painfully slow way that it was tough for me to stay interested after the first 15 minutes, and it never got better. I'm all for the groundbreaking nature of putting a long lesbian sex scene on the screen in 1974 (especially the way it was shot), but mostly I just felt bored and manipulated by pretentiousness. Maybe this would have worked for me as a 15 minute short, but as it is, it was a real chore to finish.

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27 December 1985 (USA) See more »

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