Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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

Minimalist cinema in one of its finest hours. I don't know much about feminist cinema now, but I think it's safe to say that this is one of the more impressive features to come out of it. Akelman's unvarnished expedition into the incommodious lifestyle of widow and mother Jeanne Dielman makes the viewer take a huge step back and take the ideas of pragmatism and realism into consideration. The lucid, perspicuous filter Akelman applies to this rather equivocal feature is astounding in execution and presentation. It compliments more than diminishes what Akelman wants to say about the oppression of women and their place in the home during the 60's and 70's.

"I added less water than last week. Maybe that's why it's better."

It doesn't feel like it's building up to anything rather exciting, but the end is something you won't see coming and is easily the most poignant and mettlesome scene of the whole film. Akelman on occasion lets us out of the Dielman residence, but not too often, so we don't get too comfy out there in the streets, the sidewalks, and the stores. Everything about the picture is just so right and can't wait to see how it work on a re-watch.

Jeanne Dielman 23 1080p Brussel Sprouts is a prodigious feat in making the voice of women louder in the enormous arena of cinema by being as quiet and reserved as humanely possible.

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