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Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (1975)

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (original title)
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.


(as Chantal Anne Akerman)



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Complete credited cast:
Jan Decorte ...
Sylvain Dielman
Henri Storck ...
1st Caller
Jacques Doniol-Valcroze ...
2nd Caller
Yves Bical ...
3rd Caller


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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Jeanne Dielman's obsessive and exacting ritualistic behavior was inspired by director Chantal Akerman's mother, Natalia Akerman. See more »


On the morning of Day 2, as Jeanne is polishing her son's shoes in the kitchen, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen moving along the white curtains and wall behind her. See more »


[repeated lines]
Jeanne Dielman: Don't read while you eat.
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Edited into Les variations Dielman (2010) See more »


Bagatelle for Piano
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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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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