Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles 1975

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels

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Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles offers a lingering, unvarnished, and ultimately mesmerizing look at one woman's existence.

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Jeanne Dielman (Delphine Seyrig), the widowed mother of a teenage son, Sylvain (Jan Decorte), ekes out a drab, repetitive existence in her tiny Brussels apartment. Jeanne's days are divided between humdrum domestic chores -- shopping, cooking, housework -- and her job as an occasional prostitute, which keeps her financially afloat. She seems perfectly resigned to her situation until a series of slight interruptions in her routine leads to unexpected and dramatic changes.

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Delphine Seyrig
as Jeanne Dielman
Jan Decorte
as Sylvain Dielman

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Critic Reviews for Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (1)

  • Clocking in at 202 minutes, the movie would be difficult enough to sit through if it was chock-full of suspense, action, and thrills. It contains none of those three elements.

    June 8, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Monumental ...

    May 4, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Jeanne Dielman is immersion cinema, a brilliant example of maximal minimalism that fuses viewer with subject so profoundly, the marathon experience transcends simple spectatorship.

    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 5/5
  • Chantal Akerman's feature is one of the few 'feminist' movies that's as interesting aesthetically as politically.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Tony Rayns

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    January 15, 2005 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Akerman forges a major statement, not only in a feminist context but also in a way that tells us something about the lives we all live.

    June 17, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

  • Dec 01, 2013
    This is a very hard film to rate. It is about 3 hours of mundane detail as a housewife does chores around the house. It's the only foreign language film I have been able to watch while reading a newspaper and still follow. There is very little dialogue and even less action. There is something about it I can't totally hate. It is ambitious in its sheer tedium. At 1 hour 10 in, I had something else to do, so I fast forwarded through the non speaking parts. I think it probably does have something to say about a woman's lot. At least back in the 70's when this was filmed. My mother married in this era and had me. The decision to marry and have children was "what you did" as with the main character in this movie, though she's now widowed. Oh, and this character "hooks" on the side, though that's mostly off screen. There is an event to break up the extreme tedium at the very end, though I could not say it would make the three hours plus worthwhile for a majority of viewers. You kind of have to weigh it up. It's certainly a successful exercise in boredom and isolation, but it's also three hours of your life you may wish to have back.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2012
    An emotionless widow does chores around her apartment in real time for three hours; something happens in the last ten minutes. Like Andy Warhol's "Sleep," this deliberate experiment in extended boredom serves a purpose in the film universe; it's just that that purpose isn't to be watched by an audience. The universal praise for this avant-garde prank would make a great case study for "Extraordinary Critical Delusions and the Madness of Crowds."
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2011
    Chantal Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" is a feminist classic, that force the audience to see the boring, no dreams and automatic life of the title character. A portrait of the repression of the women in the world. Jeanne (Delphine Seyrig), had bad moments in her marriage, where she always receive bad critics from your husband, meanwhile she make everything at the house. When he dies, she still be a domestic slave, living a mechanic daily routine. Her work as prostitute could be seen as a metaphor for the repression that she suffer by the men. Ms. Akerman use the long scenes and just a few words to show this empty live of Jeanne. All this looks very boring and unnecessary, but along by the film, we see that all was extremely precise for the story. Jeanne Dielman, as the majority of the housewifes, is really careful. And with just a simple gesture of: forget of turn off the light, forget of close the window or the potatoes don't stay ready in the dinner time, these little things, shock the audience, not just because she forget, but because she is do the same activity all day. These are the sign that something this going wrong and that Dielman, in the climax, express her angry in a men. "Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" is a cult film with good actings and direction. A mark in experimental cinema, not for a impatient audience, this little jewel of cinema is an unforgettable film - for good or bad -. Fresh.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2011
    Review to be written in December. 100/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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