nat’s review published on Letterboxd:
Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles profoundly displays the mundanity of the everyday life of a lonely housewife. I found it so so painfully frustrating to see Jeanne moving about, doing things like washing dishes, making the beds and other household chores. I'll admit it, this was so so mind-numbingly boring to the point where I wanted to give up, but there was also something so strangely hypnotic about this whole affair.
The film progresses at such a tedious and dreadfully slow pace. On the surface, it looks like it's showing seemingly nothing of importance, but underneath we realise that this wouldn't work at all if it wasn't for 202-minute runtime.
We learn every single detail of Jeanne's daily routine, resulting in the feeling like we are living inside the apartment with her. It's so lonely and unwelcoming, doing a perfect job at putting you into the mind of Jeanne. The static camera shots in this show scenes through doorways or just from a short distance away. It is wholly intimate and fascinating, mesmerizing, even. Every scene is so meticulously crafted and extremely necessary to be able to understand the character.
As we pay close attention and observe, the film constantly tests our attention span. It goes on and on, repeating itself and wearing you down until the ending suddenly hits you. That sudden moment when the credit rolled hit me with a sense of awe and a sense of release. It's an immense payoff that is honestly one of the greatest endings I've ever felt . I realised that I absolutely adored everything I had witnessed up until that point, I just didn't realise it then.