Portrait d’une jeune fille de la fin des années 60 á Bruxelles

Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the 60’s in Brussels (French: Portrait d'une jeune fille de la fin des années 60 á Bruxelles''') is a 1993 television film by Belgian feminist and avant-garde filmmaker Chantal Akerman. It is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story with feminist and LGBT themes.


The film follows 15-year old Michelle (Circe Lethem), her best friend Danielle (Joelle Marlier), and the army deserter Paul (Julien Rassam) in Brussels, April 1968. After dropping out of school one day, Michelle meets Paul at the cinema, and they kiss. Afterwards, they wander the streets, discussing love, sexuality, politics and philosophy. Michelle reveals to Paul that she kissed him in order to tell someone else about it, and make them "suffer." Later, she leaves Paul to meet with her friend Danielle, to whom she tells the story of kissing him. Danielle remarks that Michelle is in a strange mood. They make plans to go to a party together that night, and Michelle returns to Paul. They resume their wandering around Brussels. Having originally claimed to be in Brussels to meet a lover, Paul eventually reveals that he has deserted the army. He and Michelle have her first sexual encounter after dancing together to Suzanne (Leonard Cohen song) in her cousin's empty apartment.