Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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

One could consider this is a movie where "nothing much happens," so it does make it easier for me to project my own thoughts and feelings into it, which might be unwise given that there is plenty of subtext and at least one significant event. However, in a way I think the movie does invite this kind of engagement because there is movement and purpose in each scene; it's just highly predictable. On one hand, a life of order and independence is quite appealing to me because it is so comforting and allows for very few risks, especially if one can also establish a sense of purpose as well. One feels in control. So many people spend so much time living in such a space, practicing the rituals of a normal life day after day. However, how much of this is untenable? Isn't is something human to crave change, action, even recklessness and danger? It's also ultimately worth it to engage in risky conversation with one another, to expose the human beings beneath all the busyness we tend to cover ourselves with.

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