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

Not Rated | | Drama | 21 January 1976 (France)
A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.

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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. Written by Volker Boehm

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Shooting the film took five weeks. It depicts the life of the main character, Jeanne Dielman, in real time, which director Chantal Akerman said "was the only way to shoot the film--to avoid cutting the action in a hundred pieces." See more »

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Kitchen chair disappears, reappears, disappears, reappears... See more »

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Sylvain Dielman: [Referring to his friend Yan] He bought a book that explains lots of things about climaxes and orgasms. He says we should be interested in women at our age, but he doesn't want some young girl. He says a man's penis is like a sword. The deeper you thrust it in, the better. But I thought, "A sword hurts." He said, "True, but it's like fire." But then where's the pleasure?
Jeanne Dielman: There's no point talking about these things.
Sylvain Dielman: He's the one who told me everything when I was 10. I said, "What? Dad does that ...
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Bagatelle for Piano
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Hypnotic...
8 September 2009 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I can safely say that I have never seen cinema like this before! Set out over a three-day period, we see widowed mother, Jeanne Dielman, go through her daily routine, many tasks played out in real time, the camera stubbornly static, and often, moreso earlier in the film, at waist-height looking upwards, so that Jeanne's head and shoulders frequently disappear out of shot. At first, watching these actions performed in full seems a touch unnerving - this is something that many people have carried out hundreds of times, but we have never before been forced to pay attention to the monotony of daily chores in such detail. However, holding these shots for so long draws the viewer in even further, making them concentrate on every action, so that when even the smallest cracks appear in Jeanne's monotonous routine, it appears to be almost earth shattering, just as the effect this has on Jeanne is equally momentous.

The wonderful Delphine Seyrig here plays Jeanne with an astonishing subtlety and restraint, almost emotionless throughout the three hours and twenty minutes of running time, yet it remains one of the most affecting, powerful performances that I have seen in cinema.


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