Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles ★★★★

This movie is one for the nerds because it’s going to be difficult to really appreciate this otherwise. I thought that I may be too impatient for this (I’m ridiculously impatient) after about an hour in it became far too tedious and, well, boring. I believe that is the point: to have the viewer grow anxious and restless for this to be truly impactful. Somehow I was able to completely immerse myself watching this woman go through her day and was very intrigued by her obsessive routine and simple lifestyle. 
The lack of dialogue makes a lot of scenes very tense, and it forces you to really pay attention to every action and facial expression. The dialogue that does occur, mainly between Jeanne and her son, is extremely bizarre and had me laughing at times with how awkward, borderline inappropriate some of the conversations were between a mother and son.
As much as there really is nothing happening at all, there is a lot you can miss. The simple details of starting to see Jeanne’s decline are so apparent but would mean nothing to any other character. She missed a button.... obviously she’s losing it. A strong performance by Delphine Seyrig for making such small occurrences so profound. 
I can see a huge benefit from a few rewatches and will be doing so soon.

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