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Jeanine Meerapfel travels in time to reconstruct the unique biography of a woman whose experiences resemble those of many others –none other than her own mother. From France to Germany, from Germany to Holland and from there to Argentina, the story of Marie-Louise Chatelaine takes place over the course of many decades and in different continents. The film echoes the drifts of many male and –especially– female immigrants; intimate experiences that also synthesize a large part of the 20th century. Are we the place to which we arrive? Are we the place we leave? Through the editing of diverse footage, Meerapfel invites us to take part in the ever-necessary act of thinking back and going over one of the great questions we cannot help but ask ourselves: what constitutes identity?
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Jeanine Meerapfel was born in Buenos Aires in 1943, where she trained in journalism. She has had an extensive career both in Argentina and Germany. Her filmography includes Malou (1980), The Girlfriend (1988) and The German Friend (2012). Since 2012, she presides the Berlin Academy of Arts.