Chantal Akerman is probably best-known for her 1975 masterpiece Jeanne Dielman, which is definitely required viewing. But all of her films are worth exploring! For instance, one year later, she released Je, tu, il, elle, a minimalist nouveau roman nightmare of a film. Its plot is extraordinarily simple: Chantal Akerman plays Je, a young woman who lies in bed and eats sugar, then abandons her room to hitch a ride with a truck driver, Il (whom she jerks off). Then she returns home to sleep with her ex-girlfriend (Elle). Meanwhile, you (Tu) watch; it’s really a lot like real life. The film’s style, meanwhile, goes toe-to-toe with the plot in terms of sparseness …
Je, tu, il, elle (1976)
Directed by and starring Chantal Akerman
Written by Chantal Akerman, Eric De Kuyper, & Paul Paquay
Bonus! Here’s the Criterion Collection’s page on the film.
More Bonus! Here’s Akerman’s first great (short) film, Saute ma ville (Blow Up My Town) (1968):