Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

The 5th Annual Letterboxd Season Challenge

Week 14: Masters of the West Week: Agnes Varda and Chantal Akerman

I'll keep it short: It's an incredible film. It's almost literally the normal life of a single woman and her son. The famously slow pace didn't bother me personally (even though my mother told me from beginning to end that it looked boring as fuck). It's probably just me though, because the purpose is to show the alienation caused by her routine.

It's not an easy film, but it's worth the journey.

However, there is one thing that I didn't like about it, so stop reading right now if you didn't see it.


The problem for me is the fact that there's no reason for her to lose her mind at that time of her life. It happens gradually during the film, but personally I don't buy it. I think it would've been more logical if it was a snap at the end coming out of nowhere, or if a little thing significantly changed her daily routine, something that we could see as a starting point (and something more meaningful than the broken shoes for example). I may have missed something at the beginning of the film, but from where I stand it's a fall into madness that has no starting point.

And now I feel like I didn't explain my point clearly enough and I'm pissed.