Portrait of A Lazy Woman

La Paresse (Chantal Akerman, 1986)

Portrait of A Lazy Woman

A new month, a new short film by Chantal Akerman to discover. In it, as in La Chambre (1972) and Lettre d’une cineaste : Chantal Akerman (1984), we see how Belgium’s most esteemed filmmaker lays in bed. This is what Portrait of A Lazy Woman is all about.  

In an exercise of ironic self-awareness, Akerman tries to deal with her own procrastination by making a film about laziness itself. The film is part of a collective project in which seven women each are making a short film about one of the deadly sins.

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Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who passed away in 2015, has gained worldwide fame. Nothing is quiet about her first short film, Blow Up My Town (1968). Her character is abrupt, energetic, and explosive. Something is teetering. This short film is a visionary prelude to the filmmaker’s oeuvre and life.


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