in about 100 words or less
Belgium/France 201m, Colour
Director: Chantal Akerman; Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
A lonely widowed mother living in a small flat with her grown son, Jeanne Dielman cooks, cleans, shops and provides regular sexual services for a fee. These daily occurrences, which are filmed in mundane detail, are the basis for one of the most tedious movies ever made. Heralded as a masterpiece by feminist film critics, Jeanne Dielman is neither a particularly clever idea, nor does it provide any meaningful message. Though perhaps mildly interesting as a concept, I suggest that as a three and a half hour film, this Empress has no clothes (Klaus Ming February 2016).