Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
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Directed byChantal Akerman
Produced byCorinne Jénart
Evelyne Paul
Written byChantal Akerman
StarringDelphine Seyrig
Jan Decorte
Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
CinematographyBabette Mangolte
Edited byPatricia Canino
Distributed byThe Criterion Collection (USA DVD)
Janus Films (USA)
Release date
  • 14 May 1975 (1975-05-14)
Running time
201 minutes
CountryBelgium
France
LanguageFrench
Budget$120,000

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (French pronunciation: ​[ʒan dilmɑ̃ vɛ̃ tʁwa ke dy kɔmeʁs mil katʁəvɛ̃ bʁysɛl], "Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels") is a 1975 arthouse film by Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman.

Upon its release, The New York Times called it the "first masterpiece of the feminine in the history of the cinema". It has become a cult classic[1] and was named the 19th-greatest film of the 20th century by The Village Voice.[2]

Plot

Jeanne Dielman examines a single mother's regimented schedule of cooking, cleaning and mothering over three days. The mother, Jeanne Dielman (whose name is only derived from the title and from a letter she reads to her son), has sex with male clients in her house daily for her and her son's subsistence. Like her other activities, Jeanne's sex work is part of the routine she performs every day by rote and is uneventful. But on the second day, Jeanne's routine begins to unravel subtly, as she drops a newly washed spoon and overcooks the potatoes that she's preparing for dinner. These alterations to Jeanne's existence prepare for the climax on the third day, during which she murders a client.

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