Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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

I can safely say that I have never seen cinema like this before! This movie is deliberately different, all in the service of telling us something we didn't know. Most movies come to you. This movie requires you go to it.

There is vivid, uncompromising portrait of three days in the lonely life of a middle aged widow who manages her apartment, takes care of her young son and turns tricks for support.
Every bit of dialogue (of which there's almost none) leaves a clue, or at least a trace. The camera work and framing of the scenes are exceptionally well done and sound is used very effectively to convey Jeanne's suffocating world.
The biggest negative about the film is that it is nearly 4 hours long. On the positive side, the film does grow on you as you watch it and you feel like a bit of a voyeur peering into someone's life. You feel Jeanne's monotony and growing frustration which lets loose in the final shocking act.

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