Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles ★★★★½

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Probably the most masterful depiction of the monotony of routine daily life. The 3 hours and 20 minutes was certainly challenging, but I have to admit I was pins and needles by the end. The silence in the house as she does the daily chores is haunting. She is trapped in a societal prison and almost all of her pain and anger is internalized. The littlest changes in her routines, burnt coffee, overcooked potatoes, lost buttons; slowly created an unraveling of emotion. There is almost no emotional connection with her son and her sister is on another continent. It is pure sadness and loneliness. This is death by a million paper cuts. Don't think I'll watch this again anytime soon, but it will definitely stick with me.

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