Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles ★★★★

After what I thought was a brutally boring first hour, I began to think the people who raved about this film were in some sort of performance in which they had to take part in to maintain the status-quo. But as soon as the second hour got into gear, the importance of the first became quite clear. The film's central character goes about her day in a rehearsed manner; every move she makes is performed with robotic precision, and this sets up an interesting second and third hour as the routine begins to fall apart.

What's amazing about this film is how you notice the changes in each day in the life of the character — you notice her starting to leave the light on, overcooking the potatoes, having the brush slip out of her hands while she polishes a shoe, amongst other "mistakes" that weren't present in the first hour.

Her routinised life and the disturbances begin to point to a much bigger issue in her life — you realise that she doesn't have much else going for her, hence her need to fill out each hour of the day with some form of activity, or she's so afraid of being left alone with her thoughts, that she has to do something to get her mind off them.

Another interesting thing about this film is the shooting style which feels sterilised — every frame is clean and organised and while it might be boring at times, it's incredible how it begins to engage you an hour into the film. You could sense the simmering outburst hour by hour as the film's central character encounters disturbances to her daily routine, and this leads to a shocking, but expected ending.

Jeanne Dielman is an experience that every film lover should go through. It doesn't even matter if your reception of it is positive or negative, just see it.