Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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

Giving this movie 5 stars makes me feel exactly like one of the typical pretentious film snobs I constantly make fun of but I really can't imagine giving this anything lower (except maybe 4.5). It IS boring and it IS mundane yet once I got sucked in I found it hard to look away, even when my mind wandered I was thinking of nothing other than Jeanne and her life, her reality and her future. Depression (melancholy, unhappiness, discontent, whatever you want to call it) is not always readily apparent - what seems like a woman doing her daily routine can be revealed to be something much more tragic once you're forced to look closely enough and that's exactly what Akerman does. Every repetition of a chore makes you painfully aware of the monotony of Jeanne's life and establishes a norm that has entirely deteriorated by the end (the process of deterioration likely started much earlier than the beginning of the film).

Having said all this the runtime is certainly intimidating and this does require an enormous amount of patience - I completely understand that the movie will not work for everyone.

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