Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) dir. Chantal Akerman
Jeanne Dielman is a long film. It is a slow film. It is long and slow because the film -- unlike everything else in the titular character's life -- respects her, her space, and her actions. It sees dignity in chopping the vegetables and in cleaning the tub. For Dielman's son, for her clients and for everyone else, her life is background. She is always a means for someone else's end.
Until one day, she enjoys pleasure for her own sake.
And her world explodes.
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is #80 on the 2013 edition of the TSPDT 1,000 list I’m blogging through. I’ve now seen 440.