Jeanne Dielman
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Jeanne Dielman

23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
July 30, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Recently anointed the greatest film of all time by Sight and Sound film magazine, this revolutionary work of cinema is an act of transgressive simplicity, transforming a woman's domestic labor into the stuff of tragic liberation.

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Overtaking canonical stalwarts Citizen Kane and Vertigo, this feminist avant-garde film recently topped Sight and Sound's influential list of the greatest films of all time. Chantel Ackerman's psychodrama of the mundane finds Delphine Seyrig as the eponymous character in her apartment plodding ritualistically through the daily tasks of each day—cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, tending to her teenage son, and receiving the occasional visit from one of the men who pay her for sex. Over three clearly delineated days, cracks appear in Dielman's façade of control, leading to a macabre and startling climax. Jeanne Dielman is an exercise in duration and the gaze. It amasses meaning through the deliberate and steady unfolding of routine and variation. To experience this colossal film from beginning to end in a theatrical setting is a rare and wondrous opportunity.

With opening remarks from Professor of French and Italian Languages and Literatures Lucas Hollister.

D: Chantal Akerman, Belgium, Subtitled, 1975, 3h22m

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“Akerman transforms cinema, itself so often an instrument of women’s oppression, into a liberating force.”

Laura Mulvey, Sight and Sound
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