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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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The film's festival selections included: 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 »


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


[repeated lines]
Jeanne Dielman: Don't read while you eat.
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Referenced in Safe (1995) See more »


Bagatelle for Piano
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A seminal work of modern art.
8 May 1999 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few films that I would absolutely defend as a key work of contemporary art. This means that the narrative strategies, formal devices and content of this film place it as a major influence in literature, theory, theater and the visual arts. Quite simply this was a major breakthrough for feminist filmmaking (A major breakthrough for filmmaking period). The great Delphine Seyrig plays a woman (mostly silently) going about her daily tasks. And through penetrating observation we begin to realize the utter frustration and oppression of her life. The film is a thrilling, painful, existential document that really gives validation and agency to the struggle of women against the visible and invisible hands of patriarchy

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