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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #484. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, after the first man went, when Jeanne is making her bed, a lot of dust particles float in the air, showing the bed has not been used for a long time. See more »

Quotes

Sylvain Dielman: [Referring to his friend Yan] He bought a book that explains lots of things about climaxes and orgasms. He says we should be interested in women at our age, but he doesn't want some young girl. He says a man's penis is like a sword. The deeper you thrust it in, the better. But I thought, "A sword hurts." He said, "True, but it's like fire." But then where's the pleasure?
Jeanne Dielman: There's no point talking about these things.
Sylvain Dielman: He's the one who told me everything when I was 10. I said, "What? Dad does that to ...
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Soundtracks

Bagatelle for Piano
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Important, challenging modern classic
31 May 2010 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

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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Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 January 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$19,858
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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