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Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [French] [1975]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Autour de "Jeanne Dielman," a 69 minute documentary shot by actor Sami Frey and edited by Agnès Raves and Akerman-made during the filming of Jeanne Dielman
  • New interviews with Akerman and cinematographer Babette Mangolte
  • Excerpt from "Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman" a 1997 episode of the french television program Cinéma De Notre Temps
  • Interview with Akerman's mother, Natalia
  • Archival television interview excerpt featuring Akerman and star Delphine Seyrig
  • Saute Ma Ville (1968), Akerman's first film, with an introduction by the director
  • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ivone Margulies

Synopsis

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
A classic of both feminist and experimental filmmaking, Chantal Akerman's marathon dissection of the life of Belgian housewife/mother/prostitute Jeanne Dielman (Delphine Seyrig) stays on the surface of the details of Jeanne's humdrum daily life, as if it were a real-life, real-time documentary of an ordinary life, in the tradition of Agnès Varda's earlier New Wave landmark, Cleo From 5 to 7 (1961). Jeanne feeds her son, fixes potatoes, does the marketing, entertains gentlemen -- but things slowly, almost imperceptibly start to go wrong, first those potatoes, and then, finally, something more shocking. Akerman sets out to capture the rhythm of daily life, even as that pace sets us up, after several hours, for the almost tossed-off, blink-and-you'll-miss-it climax. ~ Leo Charney, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Delphine Seyrig
    Delphine Seyrig - Jeanne Dielman
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    Jan Decorte - Sylvain Dielman
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    Chantal Akerman - Neighbor
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    Jacques Doniol-Valcroze - 2nd Caller
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