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April 6, 2015

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Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles | Chantal Akerman

April 6, 2015

The title, Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, gives away this film’s clinical fascination with the everyday by defining the central character only by where she lives. With about as much narrative as Michael Snow’s Wavelength, director Chantal Akerman creates a static portrait of two days in the life of a widowed Belgian housewife, but “ordinary” would be a tricky descriptor here  —  most of her activities (and most of the film’s nearly-four hour runtime)…

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