theriverjordan’s review published on Letterboxd:
An exercise in patience and empathy, “Jeanne Dielman” might be one of the most quietly influential films of its era.
Instead of combat and explosions, “Jeanne” makes a symbolic meal out of a twenty-minute scene showing the preparation of veal cutlet. And another depicting the making of beef and potatoes.
“Jeanne” is intensely feminine (made with a woman director and all female crew); transposing the weight of importance away from war and into the empty home. It asked a generation audiences and directors to re-evaluate their scale of consequence to the more minute and personal.
“Jeanne” also excels in depicting the ascribed weight to just a single small thought that; when left alone to reverberate, can burrow its way through the tiniest aspects of routine and cause a monumental shift. The only way to know that this seismic change is unfolding however, might be in a single button left undone.