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Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

 -  Drama  -  21 January 1976 (France)
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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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Jan Decorte ...
Sylvain Dielman
Henri Storck ...
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Jacques Doniol-Valcroze ...
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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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Jeanne Dielman, 1080 Brüsszel, Kereskedő utca 23.  »

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Festival selections: Edinburgh International Film Festival (1975, 1976 and 1979), Locarno Film Festival (1975), Regus London Film Festival (November 1975), International Film Festival of India (New Delhi, January 1979), Berlin International Film Festival (June 1975), Sydney Film Festival (1976). See more »

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

Quotes

[repeated lines]
Jeanne Dielman: Don't read and eat!
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References Belle de Jour (1967) See more »

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Bagatelle for Piano
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Minimalist masterpiece
14 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It sounds a very forbidding film:over three hours of watching a woman do the repetitive household chores which are the norm for housewives in every part of the world.Of course in no Hollywood film would we ever see the lead character run a bath,peel potatoes or lay a table in real time:these are all actions which a commercial director would ruthlessly elide in favour of a powerful narrative,and yet this is never a boring film.Once the viewer becomes accustomed to the different pace and rhythm,there is something hypnotic and fascinating about the daily routines which Jeanne Dielman performs every day.

Narrative,however,has not been entirely banished from this film.There is something strange and unspoken in Jeanne's relationship with her son who comes home every day from college,eats the evening meal,studies, and then pulls out his bed from the wall.Jeanne's life too is shrouded in mystery.Her afternoon encounters with a series of mostly elderly male clients is presented in a straightforward manner totally at odds with the sexual titillation provided by,for example,"Belle de jour" where the camera followed closely Sévérine's sexual encounters.In this film the camera waits discreetly at the bedroom's door until the client takes his leave.

While it is a "feminist" film,a film which was directed by a woman,starring a woman and which had all female crew,it nevertheless has a meaning for men as well.And if you find this film boring,as some viewers do,then you must also find life boring.


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