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

In this experimental film about a middle-aged widow driven to desperation by the crushing boredom of making beds, cleaning bathtubs, cooking, dusting, and even just eating, the real-life time needed to make that bed or to cook is exactly… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1975
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
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Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times

Monumental ...

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Ernesto Diezmartinez
Cine Vértigo

Maddening masterpiece in which the accumulation and repetition of details pushes a more dry ending than expected. [Full review in Spanish]

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

Jeanne Dielman is immersion cinema, a brilliant example of maximal minimalism that fuses viewer with subject so profoundly, the marathon experience transcends simple spectatorship.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Amy Taubin

Without a doubt, this is a film by a brilliantly talented artist with a rigorous intellect, a formal sophistication, and an emotional empathy astounding for someone her age.

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

Chantal Akerman's feature is one of the few 'feminist' movies that's as interesting aesthetically as politically.

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Benjamin Wang
Film Inquiry

It wouldn't be the first movie I'd recommend to someone, though it is arguably more accessible than Chantal Akerman's other work, and a fine testament to her brilliance.

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Emanuel Levy

One of the most significant feminist works made, Jeanne Dileman is a masterwork in thematic, aesthetic, and formal-theoretical ways.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
This is a very hard film to rate. It is about 3 hours of mundane detail as a housewife does chores around the house. It's the only foreign language film I… More
Bruce Bruce
This is from the Criterion Collection and its the first film from that collection that I haven't purchased after watching, 3hrs and 20 min of following a… More
Greg S
An emotionless widow does chores around her apartment in real time for three hours; something happens in the last ten minutes. Like Andy Warhol's… More
Eric Broome
This is a fascinating film, only flawed by the extreme demands it makes on the viewer's patience. The dull, lengthy title is appropriate: Essentially,… More
Lucas Martins
Chantal Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" is a feminist classic, that force the audience to see the boring, no… More
Walter M.
"Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" takes place over the course of three days in the life of Jeanne Dielman(Delphine Seyrig), a… More