Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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

A startling and remarkable a achievement, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is a film that really shouldn't work due to the length and the extremely formal approach, but it is those elements that make it so utterly compelling. With a camera that never moves and frames that establish the spaces and routines that Jeanne is trapped within, it becomes a film that is filled with loneliness and dread as we see all the elements of her life. Establishing rhythms and then slowly changing them and cutting out details allows the viewer to start to fill in the gaps as the story emerges. This is bold cinema that redefines the possibilities of the medium.

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