Whether seen as an exacting character portrait or one of cinema’s most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analyzed and argued over for decades.
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Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 BruxellesDirected byChantal Akerman
The presence of Seyrig is only one way this film echoes Last Year at Marienbad. Both films use a tightly-controlled yet expressive mise en scene; in transferring the milieu from monied opulence to drab domestic drudgery, Akerman wants to show the true social conditions leading to the deadening of human feeling. As a result, the final rupture of control into violence is much more persuasive. Radical and unsettling.
A masterpiece. The fact that this film is nearly 3 and a half hours long, with no soundtrack, completely static camerawork, little dialogue with almost nothing happening and yet it still completely enthralled me speaks leagues about its greatness. It's probably the best film I've ever seen that I have no desire to sit through again. I will never forget this movie. So absolutely haunting and beautiful I almost cried.
Had a very peculiar experience with this film 24 hours ago. Took me the whole day to settle down and go through what i just experienced. what got me to was that I dreamt of scenes without ever seeing the film.....