Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles ★★★★½

I'm not sure I've ever seen as successful and single-minded a formal exercise as Akerman accomplishes with this film. The sheer repetitiveness of the mundane actions, the static camera, and the claustrophobic framing create a remarkable visual sensibility that shifts so meaningfully mid-film. This approach imbues every action (or non-action) with meaning, ending with a devastating critique on the lifeless, isolated, and auto-pilot existence of the modern world.