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Directed by Chantal Akerman • 2011 • Belgium, France
Starring Stanislas Merhar, Marc Barbé, Aurora Marion
Somewhere in Southeast Asia, in a remote village on a wide and turbulent river, a European man (Stanislas Merhar) clings to his pipe dreams of discovering a fortune out of love for his mixed-race daughter (Aurora Marion). Adapted from the novel by Joseph Conrad, the sensuously atmospheric final narrative film by Chantal Akerman transposes the story from the late 1800s to the 1950s to create a trenchant critique of colonialism in its dying days wrapped in a saga of passion, loss, and madness.