Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is considered by some to be the best feminist film off all time and The New York Times said that it is the “first masterpiece of the feminine in the history of the cinema”.  In the most recent Sight & Sound top 50 Greatest films of all times it was tied at 35. So this was one of the reason why I wanted to see this film which I’d never heard.

Jeanne Dielman is a bit of a weird movie since it’s slow and sort of voyeuristic at times as we just watch Jeanne Dielman going about her chores around the house, making dinner and turning tricks. We watch three days in her life in basically real time. In the world of reality television this seems like a film that everyone would want to see.

Is it that great of a film? I would have to disagree with critics on the greatness of the film since although considered a feminist film it barely passes the Bechdel Test and passes the Mako Mori test. Also the film drags on and on at times with barely any dialogue that you are waiting for something to happen. It an interesting study on the life of a housewife and how life becomes routine, almost robotic.


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