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Posted by Jakey V (Member # 37348) on :
 
I just watched the weirdest film. This movie is three hours of a woman doing everyday things like chord and shopping. Very boring. Then at the end she murders somebody. The point is to show that a stereotypical woman's stay at home life is wrong and drives women insane. It was rated the 19th best film of the 20th century on some list. Does anyone else know this movie or have an opinion?
 
Posted by Johnny Roarke is reckless (Member # 9826) on :
 
I have not seen the movie myself, but i know it's highly regarded among fans of arthouse cinema.
Plus, there's a Criterion blu-ray edition forthcoming, so that's saying something !

The lead character Jeannie Dielman is played by Delphine Seyrig, who also starred as the Countess Báthory
in Harry Kümel's horror classic Daughters Of Darkness (1971). She sadly passed away in 1990, aged 58.
 
Posted by Jakey V (Member # 37348) on :
 
I give it thumbs down. A surprise ending doesn't make up for a torturous three hours of nothing. Original idea, though.
 
Posted by Nostalgic for the '80's (Member # 37454) on :
 
The premise of this film actually sounds interesting to me. I like independent, arty films. I think this is French. I'll try to watch it at some point soon & if I do, I'll post a review.
 
Posted by Johnny Roarke is reckless (Member # 9826) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nostalgic for the '80's:
I like independent, arty films. I think this is French.

Not French.. it's from Belgium ! [Smile]
 
Posted by Nostalgic for the '80's (Member # 37454) on :
 
Last week, I watched "Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" in it's entirety. I found the movie anything but boring. Though the main character did many mundane tasks over several days (cooking, cleaning, shopping, talking to her son, etc.), for some reason it was very compelling - and, I never longed for the movie to be over (which I do with other films I watch).

Several points:

-The main character's days of monotony were broken up by her regular prostitution, which apparently was her only source of income.

- There were flashing light/lights that were constantly seen in the main room of the woman's apartment in the evening, presumably going on all night. However, we never actually saw where the source of the light was coming from.

- The apartment was so small that it seemed to have only had one bedroom (the woman's). I.e., her son had to sleep on a bed that was folded out from a couch/chair each night, after moving the dinner table to the side.

SPOILER BELOW:


Re: the ending, my impression was that the woman was filled with self-loathing due to having to prostitute herself for so long- so she took this out on her "john" by killing him.

quote:
Not French.. it's from Belgium!
Yes, but all of the characters exclusively spoke French in the film - so, I was half-right [Wink]
 


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