Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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

"Well, if I were a woman, I could never make love with someone I wasn't deeply in love with."
"How could you know? You're not a woman. Lights out?"

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles is a film that I definitely appreciate more than I like. It's a quiet character study of a woman who does her best to maintain a certain status quo, but once things waver just that little bit out of her control, struggles to move past the concern. She's content as long as she has her tasks well in hand.

The film takes place over three days. The first two days pass with little disturbance, but what's obvious is that she has little use for complications. Her conversations with her son demonstrate this as he questions her about how she met his father. She answers, but when he pushes for more, it's time for bed.

Then the third day begins... This third day is by far the most interesting as Jeanne encounters situations that she's not prepared for and goes about trying to make things more to her liking. Her coffee, the crying baby, the missing button on Sylvain's shirt or jacket, etc. These things all perturb her to the point that we wonder if they're going to be the straw that breaks and, I don't know about everyone else, but I was hoping that it would be. To say that the film is slow moving is an understatement. There were several times that I glanced at the timer on my Blu-ray player just to make sure the disc hadn't frozen. Jeanne's movements are, at times, that imperceptible. When she finally does snap, it's quick and then she's calm again, nigh immobile.

It's truly fascinating, but not very entertaining.

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