Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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

My high school drama teacher liked to recite this Hitchcock quote at us, “What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.”

Well that’s bullshit and this film proves it. It’s almost entirely composed of the extended boring, day to day moments of life (cooking, cleaning, bathing, eating, running errands, etc) without reprieve. And yet there’s so much tension, intentionality, and meaning in each of these actions. Something is always happening here, the most when it appears nothing is and she’s finally still without a task.

I won’t pretend I never got tired, frustrated, or bored watching this. I 100 percent did. But I think you’re meant to. I mean isn’t real life the same? And I was also strangely totally fascinated and fully with (and in understanding of) this character.

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