Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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

My wifi cut out for about 2 minutes during this movie and the screen froze, and I honest to God thought it was just the movie being itself.

I recently wrote an article about how Satantango uses boredom to further emphasize its themes and I think Jeanne Dielman accomplishes the exact same thing.

The themes of alienation, entrapment and an oppressive patriarchal society are incredibly poignant throughout all of Jeanne Dielman’s huge runtime. It’s bitterly sad and incredibly aggravating. The feminist angle Chantal Akerman takes grabs the viewer by the heart and forces them to truly see how screwed up gender norms are.

It’s easy to appreciate how brilliant Jeanne Dielman is. Even though it’s an absolute chore to get through, it’s an incredibly gratifying experience. It’s not only one of the best films feminist films I’ve seen, but also one of the best insomnia cures I’ve watched as well.

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