We are sorry,
this movie is not available
in your country
AVAILABLE TO VIEW FOR ANOTHER 31 days

Trailer – Tënk a look!


Offer this movie

From the Other Side


Chantal Akerman
Belgique, France, 2002
Production : AMIP, ARTE France cinéma, Carré-Noir RTBF, Paradise films

99'
Anglais, Espagnol, Français
Français, Anglais


Synopsis


In the United States, poor people are, for the most part, Mexican. For years, they crossed through San Diego, but the US Immigration Services has managed to stop the flood of illegal immigrants in this part of California and divert it to the deserts and mountains of Arizona where they thought the difficulties, dangers, cold and heat would stop them. But you can’t stop someone who’s hungry. And on the other side, the fear of invaders leads to violent thoughts.

Tënk's film review


“De l'autre côté”("From the Other Side") is part of a diptych with “Sud” (“South”), another film presented in the Filmmaker in Focus category, and also part of a triptych with “D'Est” (“From the East”) – illustrating the spatial continuities and discontinuities, the present and the long march of history.  Chantal Akerman addresses both the imaginary and the materiality of the border between Mexico and the US, the Hollywood dreams that glitter from the other side and the reality, trivial at best and all too often terrible, deadly and disgusting. The director often focuses on the landscapes, and sometimes on the bodies and words, organising an intense circulation between them – history tragically repeating itself, not with a literal equivalence, but in the form of an inevitable and chilling echo. This superb political tirade is also depressingly topical, confirming (if confirmation were needed) that violence is the USA’s greatest curse.

Arnaud Hée
Programmer, teacher and critic

You like this movie, you want to share it for free with a loved one? You must first subscribe to be able to offer this film. If you are already a subscriber to Tënk, log in If you are not a subscriber yet, go to the subscription page to subscribe to the subscription of your choice

Your wish to offer this film has been taken into account. Your loved one will soon receive a mail informing him of your gift, as well as the procedure to be followed to be able to view it.

filmmaker

Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman was a Belgian director who was born in Brussels in 1950 and died in Paris in 2015. As the 1970s dawned, her portrayal of women’s worlds and characters offered a new cinematic perspective on women. Considered one of the most prominent figures of modern cinema, she imposed her own personal signature (sequence shots, filming in real time), setting a precedent and influencing an entire generation of filmmakers. Akerman was a very eclectic author, making dramas, installations and a musical as well as devoting some of her work to documentaries including the films “Sud”, “De L'Autre Côté” and “No Home Movie”.

Other films in the collection: Filmmaker in focus