Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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

Brussels represent! Seriously, I think I recognized some shots were filmed in my neighborhood. 

I'm always anxious when finally seeing a big cinema classic, especially on a big screen, even more so when the film is curated by a festival (i.e. the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Needless to say it is unique and managed to convey the every day mundane life and chores into its own eclectic slice of life. Anthropologically speaking, we retroactively "accept" that mothers used to go shopping every single day, peel potatoes and spend most of the day cooking; activities that are rendered near moot with concepts like today's Ubereats and what not. However, ironically, as a society we have a hard time accepting that the mundane lifestyle isn't enough for the household mother. Society is odd.

I think the movie's thesis and punch still could have worked with a solid 30-45mins shaved off, but boy am I glad to have finally watched this!

Avoid like the plague if you don't care for slow cinema or slice of life

Movie #1 at the IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam)

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