Charlotte struggles to make space in her life for her newly widowed mom Catherine. Amid the clutter and unpacked boxes, Charlotte schleps her laptop around the house, trying to get a grip on the erotic novel she's working on. Piano teacher Catherine starts receiving a stream of students for lessons, and in her off-hours gets weepy over the peculiar ways her dead hubby. The two women then decide to sell the flat. Charlotte goes hunting for a studio to work in with realtor Popernick, a Pole ex-pat who eventually forms a budding romance with Catherine. By chance, Charlotte finds Michelle, a poet her age who needs a flat in the afternoon to write. Charlotte co-signs a lease and agrees to use it in the mornings only. They agree not to meet again. Nevertheless, Michelle can't resist working on Charlotte's novel when she's not there, a contribution the latter finds bizarrely welcome.


Chantal Akerman