Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels

Experimental film about a restless widow driven to desperation by boredom, from Venice Golden Lion-winning auteur Chantal Akerman (Night and Day).

Jeanne Dielman does her daily chores in the apartment where she and her teenage son live, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. But slowly, her routine begins to fall apart.

1975Rating: M201 minsBelgium, FranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
Director:
Chantal Akerman ('A Couch in New York', 'Je Tu Il Elle', 'Anna's Meetings')
Writer:
Chantal Akerman
Cast:
Delphine SeyrigJan DecorteHenri StorckJacques Doniol-ValcrozeYves Bical

Reviews & comments

Revelatory

Imagine the pie scene in "A Ghost Story", multiply that by a few hundreds times, and you'll get something similar to "Jeanne Dielman". If that doesn't do it, imagine a faithful film adaptation of "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"; those same monotonous descriptions as an attempt to get the ultimate empathetic experience by means of realism. It...

5.0
TV Guide

TV Guide

press

A neglected classic.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Jeanne Dielman is immersion cinema, a brilliant example of maximal minimalism that fuses viewer with subject so profoundly, the marathon experience transcends simple spectatorship.

5.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Chantal Akerman's feature is one of the few 'feminist' movies that's as interesting aesthetically as politically.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Jeanne Dielman deals in unadorned facts. It's about the looks and sounds of ordinary things and people, which it records with such... unsettling clarity that it has the effect of finding threats in mundane objects and doom in [the] commonplace.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Monumental ...

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

A neglected classic.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Jeanne Dielman is immersion cinema, a brilliant example of maximal minimalism that fuses viewer with subject so profoundly, the marathon experience transcends simple spectatorship.

5.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Chantal Akerman's feature is one of the few 'feminist' movies that's as interesting aesthetically as politically.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Jeanne Dielman deals in unadorned facts. It's about the looks and sounds of ordinary things and people, which it records with such... unsettling clarity that it has the effect of finding threats in mundane objects and doom in [the] commonplace.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Monumental ...

Revelatory

Imagine the pie scene in "A Ghost Story", multiply that by a few hundreds times, and you'll get something similar to "Jeanne Dielman". If that doesn't do it, imagine a faithful film adaptation of "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"; those same monotonous descriptions as an attempt to get the ultimate empathetic experience by means of realism. It...

5.0