Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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

“Peeling potatoes is the same as murder

I can’t write a review of this. I’ve tried, but I can’t. This is a film so complex, so intricate that my poor diction can’t describe it. It’s too perfect.

It’s incredible to me that a film like this could even be made. On paper, it doesn’t seem to be appealing at all. A four hour film about a woman doing chores. Sounds like a blast, right? I have to be honest, I almost didn’t watch it (despite the four hour drive, thanks Dorian) because of how intimidated I was. But I gritted 
through and decided to see it. 

And I definitely didn’t regret it.

This might be the best movie...ever? That seems right, at least on a technical level. The majority of the film are stable shots of Jeanne doing chores: peeling potatoes, making the bed, going shopping. Most filmmskers would not have to the courage to make something like this, but Chantal Akerman, someone I’ve never heard of before this, commands the screen, and I can’t wait to see more from her repertoire.
Her direction is aided by some phenomenal performances. Delphine Seyrig gives one of the most controlled yet devastating performance that spirals into madness throughout the films runtime.

I love this film. I love it with all my heart, and it’s one of my all time favorite movies. I would love to talk about it more, but my writing will never fully describe this beautiful, heartbreaking film.

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