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THE SONG CAVE

My Mother Laughs

By Chantal Akerman. Translated by Corina Copp.

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First published in France in 2013, My Mother Laughs is the final book written by the legendary and beloved Belgian artist and director Chantal Akerman (1950–2015) before her death. A moving and unforgettable memoir, the book delves deeply into one of the central themes and focuses of Akerman’s often autobiographical films: her mother, who was the direct subject of her final film No Home Movie (2015).

With a particular focus on the difficulties Akerman faced in conjunction with the end of her mother’s life, the book combines a matter-of-fact writing style with family photographs and stills from her own films in order to better convey the totality of her experience. Akerman writes: "With pride because I finally believed in my ability to say something that I’d had trouble saying. I told myself, I am strong for once, I speak. I tell the truth."

Chantal Akerman (1950–2015) was a Belgian film director, screenwriter, artist and professor. She is best known for her film Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), which was dubbed a "masterpiece" by the New York Times. During her 42 years of active filmmaking, Akerman's influence on queer, feminist and avant-garde cinema remains unmatched, her films highlighting a near-physical passage of time. Akerman's films have been shown at the Venice Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, among many others.


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PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Film Comment

Chantal Akerman’s My Mother Laughs is a shattering memoir about her octogenarian mother’s final years and an intimate companion piece to her documentary on the same subject, 2015’s No Home Movie.

ARTnews

Alex Greenberger

My Mother Laughs [is] a memoir in the form of a poetic musing on the inevitability of death and the difficulty of letting loved ones go.

Hyperallegic

Tanner Tafelski

My Mother Laughs may be Akerman’s most interior, psychological work. It’s one final message from the artist, illuminating the mottled effect her mother had on her life and creativity.

Frieze

Steven Zultanski

Just as Chantal Akerman’s films linger on objects and people, her final book My Mother Laughs (2019) – recently published in the US by The Song Cave – lingers on the daily stresses of caretaking for her dying mother and interpersonal family anxieties.

The Film Stage

Christopher Schobert

[My Mother Laughs is] a reminder that Akerman’s voice was utterly unique.

Forward

Jackson Arn

“My Mother Laughs,” the last complete book by the director Chantal Akerman, is full of whats and hows and whys that linger unanswerably in the memory.

Brooklyn Rail

Daniel Witkin

a heart-wrenching read… with Akerman’s words transitioning unmarked into those of the other (always female) key figures in the book: her mother, sister, lover.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/31/2020

Chantal Akerman's devastating memoir, 'My Mother Laughs,' is back in stock

Chantal Akerman's devastating memoir, 'My Mother Laughs,' is back in stock

Called a "shattering memoir about her octogenarian mother's final years" by Film Comment and Chantal Akerman's "most interior, psychological work" by Hyperallergic, My Mother Laughs is the last book authored by the influential Belgian filmmaker, who died in 2015, just one year after her mother and lifelong muse. "I wrote all of this and now I no longer like what I've written," the book begins. "It was before, before the broken shoulder, before the heart operation, before the pulmonary embolism, before my sister or brother-in-law calls so I may say goodbye to her (forever). Before she returns home to Brussels forever.
Before she laughs.
Before I understand that I might have misunderstood everything.
Before I understand that I had only a truncated and imaginary vision. And that I was capable of only that. Not the truth, not of anything even resembling the truth." continue to blog


CHANTAL AKERMAN MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

My Mother Laughs

MY MOTHER LAUGHS

By Chantal Akerman. Translated by Corina Copp.

THE SONG CAVE

ISBN: 9780998829081
USD $20.00
| CAN $29.95

Pub Date: 6/18/2019
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Chantal Akerman: Too Far, Too Close

CHANTAL AKERMAN: TOO FAR, TOO CLOSE

LUDION

ISBN: 9789461300447
USD $40.00
| CAN $54

Pub Date: 8/31/2012
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Chantal Akerman: Moving Through Time and Space

CHANTAL AKERMAN: MOVING THROUGH TIME AND SPACE

BLAFFER GALLERY, THE ART MUSEUM OF THE UNIVERISTY OF HOUSTON

ISBN: 9780977802852
USD $24.95
| CAN $27.5 UK £ 22

Pub Date: 5/1/2008
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