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Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Archived: Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

director: Chantal Akerman

With: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, a.o.

duration: 201 minutes

Film Fest Gent - Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

The Belgian director Chantal Akerman fills her movies with patterns and textures of ordinary life, the stuff other films never even notice. The most extreme and best-known incarnation of her cinema of the everyday remains her second feature, 'Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles', a three-hour-15-minute drama that manages to extract dread and suspense from the monotonous daily routine of a Brussels housewife. The methodical deadpan of the film's title mirrors its approach. Using static, head-on compositions and unblinking blocks of real time, it details three days in the repetitive existence of a 40ish middle-class widow (the French art-film goddess Delphine Seyrig). Jeanne, who lives with her teenage son, proceeds through her endless checklist of chores with automaton efficiency. She cooks, she cleans, she shops, and every afternoon, in the window of time it takes for the dinner potatoes to boil, she has sex for money with a gentleman caller.


director: Chantal Akerman
producer: Corinne Jenart
screenplay: Chantal Akerman
Editor: Patricia Canino
Cinematography: Babette Mangolte

production company: Paradise Films

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dialogue: French
subtitles: Eng subt.
Country: Belgium - France
year: 1975


CHANTAL AKERMAN (1950-2015): Saute ma ville (Short - 1968), L'enfant aimé ou je joue à être une femme mariée (short - 1971), La chambre (Short - 1972), Hôtel Monterey (1972), Le 15/8 (Short - 1973), Hanging Out Yonkers (Short - 1973), Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), Je, tu, il, elle (1976), News from Home (1977), Les rendez-vous d'Anna (1978), Toute une nuit (1982), Les années 80 (1983), New York, New York… Show more

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