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Window Shopping
(AKA Golden Eighties)

Directed by Chantal Akerman.
With Myriam Boyer, John Berry, Delphine Seyrig.
France/Belgium, 1985, 35mm, color, 96 min.
French with English subtitles.

A departure from Akerman’s more serious explorations of women’s lives, Window Shopping is a lively musical in the style of Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, set in a Parisian shopping mall.  The young women who work at Lili’s beauty parlor have romantic feelings for Robert, the son of the owners of a nearby clothing store, but Robert is smitten with Lili herself.  Meanwhile, an American veteran of World War II tries to rekindle a relationship with Robert’s mother, his wartime lover. These complicated romantic encounters are commented upon in song, Greek chorus style, by the juice bar owner and a group of four boys who hang around together at the mall.

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