Julian’s review published on Letterboxd:
A woman who only does the things she "has" to do, until...
Jeanne Dielman is far from an easy watch. You could say it's a chore to get through, but it's that chore that encapsulates -what used to be- the life of our protagonist perfectly.
The complexity of the minimalism in this portrait is so great, that it makes it more fascinating than ever to look at the littlest things and how they slowly start deteriorating.
Dielman's perfectly structured world is slowly falling apart, and while she keeps trying to glue it together by constant repetion, it continues to break. I'm still not sure whether that's a bad thing. I guess it all really depends on interpretation.
I see Jeanne Dielman as a kind of revolution. An inner, female rage that has been surpressed for so long that it just had to come out. The first day feels like the longest, this could possibly indicate that it's been going like this for a long time.
Delphine Seyrig delivers one of the most subtle, yet masterful performances I've ever seen here.
I hope Chantal Akerman will always be known as a revolutionist of cinema.
I really shouldn't have postponed this watch for so long.