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Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (#)

Part of: Time, Memory, Dream season

A still from Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman

Set over three days, the short span of time belies the epic nature of the story told in this cult classic, feminist story by Chantal Akerman.

Time in film is made by manipulating the plot, using techniques that typically, speed up and intensify the story. But there is also a strain of filmmaking that brings time to the forefront of the experience, makes it visible and perhaps even the subject of the work. These are films that refuse to be in a hurry – sometimes they are very long, sometimes they only seem very long: as Geoff Dyer has written of L’avventura “every second lasted a minute, every minute lasted an hour.” They drag you out of your 9-5 routine.

This 1975 film by Chantal Akerman is a celebrated example. Jeanne (Delphine Seyrig) performs her duties as a housewife: boiling potatoes, cleaning, but also servicing clients to make up her income. Bound and bored by routine, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday all include their own subtle and monumental changes, culminating in a fascinating climax. 

Belgium/France 1975 Dir Chantal Akerman 201 min

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This film is F-Rated. The F-Rating is a classification for any film which is directed by a 
woman, and/or written by a woman, and/or features significant women on 
screen in their own right.


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