Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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

Jeanne Dielman is a six-year widow living in a small apartment with her only son. Her daily routine is clearly defined, like a clockwork, and she owns it. She makes her coffee, makes a bed, cooks a meal, takes a shower, sleeps with men for cash and runs other calculated errands within her time. All these play out at exceptional length and detail to a point it feels we are spying into neighbour's personal life. She is instinctively a creature of habit which borders on obsession. A threat to her routine could prove catastrophic. Chantal Akerman’s "Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles", running for three and half hours, could prove a challenge if you are not up for it, and intimidated by the dry storyline, however, it proves an incisive examination of postmodernist feminism.