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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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Chantal Akerman (as Chantal Anne Akerman)

Writer:

Chantal Akerman
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Cast

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

Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 January 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Belgium See more »

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Gross USA:

$19,858
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[repeated lines]
Jeanne Dielman: Don't read while you eat.
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Connections

Referenced in Sodankylä Forever: Valon draama (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Bagatelle for Piano
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Not like the others
10 July 2012 | by hotel-419-417395See all my reviews

This movie is deliberately different, all in the service of telling us something we didn't know.

Movies are about movies. The borrow plot, character, lighting, sound editing and camera angles from what went before. Since "Birth of a Nation" introduced close-ups, cross cutting and cutaways in 1915 everyone has adopted that vocabulary for story telling. This movie throws all that out: The camera is fixed and stares at a scene for a very long time. Scenes had to be performed all the way through when they were filmed, because each was done in a single shot.

Movies use telescoping of time to compress the happenings of a long period into two hours. This movie tries to avoid that, depicting mundane tasks in their entirety. We watch Jeanne Dielman prepare a meatloaf, step by step, wash the dishes (her back is to us!), smooth the bed, or go shopping.

Movie use facial expressions to express feelings. Spoiler alert: When we get strong facial expressions from Jeanne Dielman there is a very good reason. And that only happens once in a three-hour, 21 minute film.

Movies use broad strokes to carry the audience along. Spiderman supplements explosions with 3D to keep me occupied. By contrast, this film uses subtle changes. You must watch closely to see what happens.

Most movies come to you. This movie requires you go to it. If there is dullness it is among those viewers who think that because they don't get something it's not there to get. There is plenty here but instead of being served to you it has to be harvested. And it is very fresh.


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