Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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

That was brilliant. I wouldn't quite say I enjoyed it, but that's because the whole point is to feel the boredom of the life of the titular character. I will say that I was far from bored, and I collected an immense amount of respect for it. What I really loved was the ending. I thought I had it all figured out: it's a quintessential female-directed film, an ode to womanhood and motherhood, and a masterpiece of slow, long-take cinema. And then comes that ending. I'm racking my brain for some hint earlier in the movie that this ending would happen. I'll try not to spoil it, but it's crazy. Suddenly, I realized that this window into the day of a domestic mother was in no way a window into her mind. Absolutely brilliant.

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