dani’s review published on Letterboxd:
"How could you know? You're not a woman."
A profound and an insightful look at the life of a woman, suppressed by a patriarchal society where she does everything and nothing at the same time: she does the cooking for her son, she polishes his shoes, she babysits neighbour's baby, she does all the shopping, and she has to earn money to keep body and soul together due to her husband's death; she works as a prostitute while her son has classes. But none of that gives a slightest bit of pleasure, maybe it would have if her son was more thankful to his mother and more interested in her life but he completely neglects his mother, doesn't pay any attention to what she does for him or what she says.
Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles is a slow-paced and yet captivating look at Jeanne Dielman's life where with each minute you starting to hate her life, you hate the imprisoment that she stuck in, her daily routine that killing her each day more and more. It's at least amazing how Chantal Akerman grades the loneliness and the depression of her without changing almost anything in her day and showing you almost always the same shots day after day. Jeanne Dielman is portraited by an amazing French actress, Delphine Seyrig, who gives such a powerful perfomance without saying much words or showing many emotions, she just goes through her chores with an emotionless face under which lies a time bomb that can go off at any second.