Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1975)
Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
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Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1975)

Jeanne Dielman, a young widow, lives with her son Sylvain following an immutable order: while the boy is in school, she cares for their apartment, cooks, does chores, and receives clients in the afternoon. However, something happens that changes her safe routine. This film established Chantal Akerman’s international reputation.

“I don’t know if Jeanne Dielman’s kitchen feels real – for those who have known it, it is astoundingly recognizable. Perhaps it is possible to see Akerman’s films as a venture to portray certain objects correctly and totally. (Brecht: every good poem is also a document.)”

Daniël Robberechts

“There is an air of study about this film. Not that it wants to be studied because it is so complex and intricate, no, the film welcomes intense reflective attention.”

Dirk Lauwaert

“Given this film’s release during the years of militant feminism it was labelled as a symptomatic reflection of women’s alienation. This film is clearly important within the history of cinema. It represents another conception of the drama and character, the management of action and space, the relationship between fiction and reality. Another conception of time, too, for this parameter proved the real bone of contention. How dare the director show in real time the preparation of breaded escalope, the peeling of potatoes and the bathroom rituals of a woman obsessed with the stain of the other? Yet this unbearable length of time inherent in the gesture raises the issue of realism, ironically a quality wholly banished from the film. Beyond the suggestion of three “normal”, infinitely occurring days shown via the repetition of the rituals that make up this life - beyond the suggestion of space (the corridors walked along, the doors openend, the lights turned off), this time allows fiction to burst through the void, the lack.”

Jacqueline Aubenas

Price
Prijs
Prix
€ 3,50
Language
Taal
Langue
French
Subtitles
Ondertitels
Sous-titres
Dutch, English, French
Only available in
Enkel beschikbaar in
Disponible uniquement en
Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration
Duur
Longueur
202'
Aspect Ratio
Beeldverhouding
Format d'image
1.66
A Film by
Een film van
Un film de
With
Met
Avec
Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Yves Bical
Script
Scenario
Scénario
Chantal Akerman
Image
Beeld
Image
Babette Mangolte
Sound
Geluid
Son
Bénie Deswarte
Décor
Decor
Décor
Philippe Graff
Producer
Producent
Producteur
Guy Cavagnac, Alain Dahan, Liliane de Kermadec, Corinne Jénart, Evelyne Paul, Paul Vecchiali
Editing
Montage
Montage
Patricia Canino
Music
Muziek
Musique
Ludwig - Beethoven
Sound Editing
Klankmontage
Montage Son
Alain Marchall
Sound Mix
Klankmix
Mixage son
Jean Paul Loublier
Production
Productie
Production
Paradise Films, Unité Trois
With the Support of
Met de steun van
Avec le soutien de
Ministère de la Culture Française de Belgique, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles