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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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Complete credited cast:
... Jeanne Dielman
Jan Decorte ... Sylvain Dielman
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Jacques Doniol-Valcroze ... 2nd Caller
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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$19,858
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French visa # 45424 See more »

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

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Jeanne Dielman: I met your father after the Americans had left. I was living with my aunts, because my parents were dead. One Saturday, I went to the Bois de la Cambre with a girlfriend. I don't remember the weather. She knew him. You know who I mean. I've shown you her picture. So, we began seeing each other. I was working as a billing clerk for horrible pay. Life with my aunts was dull. I didn't feel like getting married, but it seemed to be "the thing to do," as they say. My aunts kept saying "He's nice. ...
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Bagatelle for Piano
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A seminal work of modern art.
8 May 1999 | by 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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