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

Belgium/France 201m, Colour
Director: Chantal Akerman; Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

JeanneDielmanA 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).

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4 comments on “Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

  1. SJHoneywell
    02/22/2016

    I’m with you. I’d rather watch you fold laundry. Make this a 30-minute short and I’d tell people it was genius.

    • Klaus
      02/22/2016

      I’m not sure i’d ever call this one genius, but once again, our cat did enjoy this film more than me. During the food preparation scenes, she pawed at the plates which Jeanne placed in front of her.

      I’m just happy to finally have this one off the list – having known about it for a couple of years.

  2. Lindsey D
    02/22/2016

    I commend you and anyone else who has powered through this film.

    • Klaus
      02/23/2016

      Thanks 🙂 There are a few films that I wouldn’t have otherwise watched if not for the fact that they were on the list.

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