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Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles


Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, J. Doniol-Valcroze,

Observing her mother and her aunts while growing up, Chantal Akerman became aware of the way in which the unending repetition of domestic duties became a proxy for emotion and self-expression. In Jeanne Dielman Akerman, cinematographer Babette Mangolte, and a predominantly female crew depict three days in the life of a middle-aged widow, Jeanne (Delphine Seyrig), living alone with her teenage son. Those days are filled with a precisely circumscribed series of domestic tasks, framed straight on and taking place in what feels like real time. Watching Jeanne cook, mend, wash dishes, shine shoes, have sex for cash, bathe, and set the table becomes a visceral experience,as we become so habituated to the rhythm of her routine that even the slightest variation suggests the potential for something other than the potatoes to boil over.

Kate MacKay
  • Chantal Akerman
  • Babette Mangolte
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 198 mins
  • Janus Films

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Chantal Akerman: the pajama interview (interview), LOLA Press, Nicole Brenez, 2012

Chantal Akerman: the integrity of exile and the everyday (article), LOLA Press, Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2012

A letter (article), LOLA Press, Dana Linssen, 2012

Film : Kitchen stories (review), L.A. Weekly, Scott Foundas, 2004

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2002

Exalting the everyday: the cinema of Chantal Akerman (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, Susan Oxtoby, 1998

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1995

Laughter in the dark (article), Village Voice, Amy Taubin, 1988

Akerman unbound: life before and after Jeanne Dielman (article), Boston Phoenix, Karen Rosenberg, 1986

"Jeanne Dielman": woman's work (article), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 1983

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