JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES

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Chantal Akerman, 201', 1975, Belgium
Director: Chantal Akerman
Screenplay: Chantal Akerman
Cinematography: Babette Mangolte, Bénédicte Delesalle
Editing: Patricia Canino
Sound: Benie Deswarte, Françoise Van Thienen, Alain Marchal
Producer: Evelyne Paul, Alain Dahan
Production: Paradise Films (Belgium), Unité Trois (France), Ministère de la Culture Française (Belgium)
Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Yves Bical
Restored by Cinémathèque royale de Belgique.

We almost break into the daily household routine of a woman, of which is almost always hidden, stifled. We meet Jeanne for the first time although her story began long ago. Married at 20, birth of a son and a few years later the death of her husband. Jeanne has a perfectly organized life, meticulously ritualistic, which leaves no room for improvisation. The rhythm and rites of the immutable, an energy daily renewed whose effects are being daily wrecked. The apparent triviality of the action disappearing in favor of its abstraction. This work, played out in silent isolation with no sense of reality, which nevertheless seems as it must be accomplished, and which only appears as a piddling means of survival.

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