Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

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

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"Jeanne Dielman, me and the snoring guy besides me."
With it's runtime of 3 hours and 45 minutes, Jeanne Dielman (,...) is known to be a really long film (from Belgian! manufacture) about a woman doing her daily routine.
At the same time it's also one of those movies that you have to see at least once in your lifetime...
So, when they were playing it in Brussels' Cinema RICTS it seemed like a great idea to accept the challenge and watch it immediately in the place where it should be watched; On the big screen!
First and foremost, I want to give answer to a few basic questions;
Did I like it? -Yes.
Did I love it? -I'm still not completely sure.
Was I entertained? -Yes.
Was I bored? -Yes.
Did I fall asleep? -Of course.
Did I miss much? -I don't really think so...
Never has a movie caused me to raise so many questions on whether I liked it or not.
And at the same time... it is not the point.
This is also something Jessie ( letterboxd.com/jessicamaes/ ) rubbed in after the presentation.
It's art, however you want to turn it.
You can complain about it's overly long runtime, it's lack of story, but at the same time there is so much to be found here.
At first sight it's a portrait of an ordinary housewife.
At a second glance it's a portrait of a woman just completely bored of her day to day routine.
Everyone can find something interesting in this, even if it was only at the end.
This movie is an experience, that shouldn't be bound to "good" or "bad".
(And now every cinephile is like; "no sh*t sherlock!"... but this was one of those movies where this really became clear to me.)
Too bad so many people wouldn't even consider to give it a shot.
They don't know what they're missing...
Although I would never be able to watch this on a computer screen.

A second viewing is certainly not excluded though...

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