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Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
A classic of both feminist and experimental filmmaking, Chantal Akerman's marathon dissection of the life of Belgian housewife/mother/prostitute Jeanne Dielman (Delphine Seyrig) stays on the surface of the details of Jeanne's humdrum daily life, as if it were a real-life, real-time documentary of an ordinary life, in the tradition of Agnès Varda's earlier New Wave landmark, Cleo From 5 to 7 (1961). Jeanne feeds her son, fixes potatoes, does the marketing, entertains gentlemen -- but things slowly, almost imperceptibly start to go wrong, first those potatoes, and then, finally,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jeanne Dielman is immersion cinema, a brilliant example of maximal minimalism that fuses viewer with subject so profoundly, the marathon experience transcends simple spectatorship."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"Akerman forges a major statement, not only in a feminist context but also in a way that tells us something about the lives we all live."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Jeanne Dielman can initially absorb, fascinate but, ultimately, ends up less than the sum of its parts"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"It's very simply a great film, if for no other reason than the fact that it's brave enough to focus almost entirely on those things that ordinary films leave out, or take for granted."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Neglected but critically acclaimed arthouse classic of both feminist and experimental filmmaking."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Chantal Akerman's feature is one of the few 'feminist' movies that's as interesting aesthetically as politically."
‑ , Time Out
"One of the most significant feminist works made, Jeanne Dileman is a masterwork in thematic, aesthetic, and formal-theoretical ways."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...a transfixing experience that inspires a kind of solemn awe on an initial viewing, but upon reflection it yields its fair share of humor."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"... an epic portrait of a quotidian life where every gesture through the 200-minute study becomes important and the slips in routine reverberate like aftershocks of an earthquake."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"In Akerman's masterpiece... small gestures take on a visual richness that is also the richness of foiled narrative expectation."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Jeanne Dielman deals in unadorned facts. It's about the looks and sounds of ordinary things and people, which it records with such... unsettling clarity that it has the effect of finding threats in mundane objects and doom in [the] commonplace."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"maddening, hypnotic, fascinating, mundane, electrifying, mind-numbing, and ultimately shocking"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"There are as many ways to understand Jeanne Dielman as there are ways to understand art and life itself... not an easy nor a straightforward movie, and one must meet it at least halfway if not further."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A neglected classic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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