Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) 720p

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23.976 fps
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202 min
IMDB Rating:
7.8 / 10 
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Directors: Chantal Akerman [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Jeanne Dielman, a lonely young widow, lives with her son Sylvain following an immutable order: while the boy is in school, she cares for their apartment, does chores, and receives clients in the afternoon.


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The horror and emptiness of life

This is a very special film for me. I see myself depicted in the character of Jeanne Dielman: someone that has to repeat the same tasks everyday, with no conection to the real world, with no connection to anyone, not even her family. When I saw this movie, it was a real strike for me, it made me feel so many emotions, to sadness to anger, it made me rethink my life. Even as the young 16 years old guy that I am, i'm not really a happy person. And I see this feeling in the main character, perfectly represented, that i'm sure that i'm not the only one that sees this in this movie.Letting the emotions aside, this is one of the most beautifully made films I haved the fortune to see, the minimalistic approach is totally understandable for what the film tries to comunicate (at least in my eyes): the emptiness and boredom of the common person life. I know this is considered a feminist classic, but I think anyone, even back in the day, can relate to Jeanne.When I see her in the screen, I really don't see an actress playing a role, I see a real woman, and that, has to be some of the best acting of all time. Some people may say this movie is boring or stupid, I would say is because of two things: they see themselves onscreen and the feel terrified because of that, or the just don't get the point. The almost four hours runtime and the repetitiveness of the story is totally justified, the movie needs to be that long, for you to connect with her character, for you to feel what she feels.Months have passed since I watched it for the first time, and everyday I think about it. The experience of watching it was inspiring, it made me want to develop my ideas. I had started writing my first script, and that is thanks for this movie. This is truly a mustwatch for everyone, it may change your life, at least it changed mine.

Furious Chantal Akerman

The cinematography and the editing are great and stylish

It's overlong. 150 minutes would be enough for that content

Delphine is great but the character she plays isn't likeable or relatable at all

She acts like a mentally ill person and her behavior is not convincing and we don't know why she is a prostitute. Belgium is a very good place in terms of women's rights after all even in the 70's better than most countries

The ending wasn't realistic at all

Her son was spoiled and annoying. He couldn't even clean up his own shoes

If you want to watch a better Feminist film then watch Utopia (1980) by underrated persian director Sohrab Shahid Sales which is way more realistic but has similar settings

Superb in its uniqueness

Three consecutive days are covered in the life of the title character (played by Delphine Seyrig), a middle-aged widow who cares for her teenaged son in the morning and evening, and does various errands in the afternoon. One of those errands seems very surprising for someone whose routine is rather rigid.

There are various reasons to think this movie might not work. It's over three hours; the camera is almost always on one character; she is mostly alone and even with others, there is rare conversation. With the exception of a shocking ending, most of the time is spent on the ordinary routines of life. Despite these challenges that would fail with other film-makers, this movie succeeds in a fascinating way mainly due to Seyrig and writer-director Chantal Akerman. By the end, one realizes the movie HAD to be so long to make its point.

The ending is so surprising that an initial reaction might be to reject its apparent absurdity. Yet, one cannot help but backtrack to find clues that may have lead to it.

Might it be that Jeanne was starting to find an unexpected pleasure in one of her errands and that threw her off her usual sense of being very organized?

This film succeeds in causing viewers to think well after the movie, a true sign of greatness. For those of us who are "loners" like Jeanne, we are forced to examine our lives. Living in this earthly plane, we are almost forced to have a routine to survive; but when does the routine become a problem?

"Jeanne Dielman" might also be considered ahead of its time in exposing mental illness, signs that are apparent as we often see the despair on Jeanne's face as she stares into space.

At the and of the film, I said to a long-time cinephile friend sitting to next to me, "Now that was definitely an ART film." Usually, I'm condescending whenever I say that. In this case, I meant it as a compliment. - dbamateurcritic

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: Directing by Chantal Akerman
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