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

Not Rated  |   |  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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French visa # 45424 See more »

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In one scene in the kitchen, the thermos is on the window ledge but appears on the table when the camera cuts to a different angle. See more »

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2nd Caller: [to Jeanne] See you Thursday.
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Referenced in Queen of Earth (2015) See more »

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Bagatelle for Piano
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Important, challenging modern classic
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Fascinating, powerful, hyper-controlled, super-subtle study of woman slowly coming unglued. Uses its 3 hour+ running time to put you inside the stultifying boredom and ennui of her life, and lets you see the tiny changes in her repetitive days that are powerful and meaningful barometers of the titanic emotions going on behind her blank masque. Not easy or 'fun' to watch. By definition (and intention?) it gets slow to the point of boredom at times. (Indeed NY Times critic Vincent Canby, who loved the film, jokingly warned that watching it 'could be fatal' if one was in the wrong mood.) But everything interconnects in an amazingly thought-out way. Every bit of dialogue (of which there's almost none) leaves a clue, or at least a trace. Fascinating camera-work; almost always static images. with every cut at 90 degree angles. And again, when that rule is broken there are specific thematic and storytelling reasons. A challenging, 'difficult' film, but one not to be missed.


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