Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

I’d seen this a few months back on filmstruck, and liked it a lot but couldn’t describe why. I wanted to wait until I was truly able to...sometimes it be like that...but now I can say that this really does live up to the hype. It truly is a singular work in film history. Now, the only critique I have is that it’s not really a rewatchable film. It’s one of the few films that i would both consider great, and one I wouldn’t really recommend to someone (unless you’re up for it). 

I broke it out over three days — two 1 hour days, one 1h20m day (if you can watch it all in one sitting then more power to you). But it is a fascinating movie, and its importance is understood. Chantal Akerman was 25 when she made this, and it’s a clear-eyed artistic triumph. I’d say that it’s an essential watch, as long as you know what you’re getting into when watching this (in that it’s not going to be a kinetic film).

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