One of a kind, and an example of slow cinema in the pre-digital age. The length and monotony of Jeanne's life is the point, with her unraveling being gradual and silent. Treated as an appliance - household or sexual - by all those around her, the film laid bares a muted personal hell in a cramped Brussels apartment. The only Sight & Sound top 50 entry directed by a woman, something sure to change in their next poll.
o controle formal dissipa-se quando o acondicionamento voluntário sob condições "normais" irrompe numa clareza absoluta que anula qualquer olhar. alguém que só funciona sob agências externas e que se perpetua através da fundição na paisagem, onde quer que esteja
Mimicking observational docs, this 3+ hour drama portrays a widow, whose mundane life with her grown-up son - with a few curious exceptions - is filled with routines & loneliness. The long static shots mostly show her doing chores in her flat or out shopping in near-silence, and their trivial action & limited dialogue force you to imagine what she is thinking. Intriguing drama for patient fans of slow cinema.
One of the most memorable films thanks to Akerman's unique skill at capturing life and time through seemingly unimportant daily rituals. Masterful use of static shots, movement, sounds - all working together to recreate the sense of "daily life" monotony and its oppressive power... Delphine Seyrig is fantastic in her role, I can't really imagine someone else as the main character. Absolutely worth watching!
I have to rate this right down the middle because showing the daily routine of the main character is still quite tedious at times, despite it also becoming strangely mesmerising. Things play out almost like an antithesis to the colourful fantasy sheen of Belle De Jour.
I really don't understand the 5 stars highly intelectual reviews here. It is boring and long. I stopped watching it after 8 minutes, being irritated by a bath scene that lasted more than 5 minutes. Then eating - another 6 or 7 minutes. Lack of imaginations equals highly intellectual visions. Not for me, I got better stuff to fulfill my time with. As in reading.