Detroit Film Theatre
DFT 101: JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES
Saturday, November 26, 2011
(Belgium/France/1975–directed by Chantal Akerman)
In a small apartment in Brussels lives Jeanne Dielman (Delphine Seyrig), a middle-aged widow, mother, homemaker, and prostitute whose existence is dominated by routine–the preparation of meals, the running of errands, visits from her clients, and evenings with her teenage son Sylvain (Jan Decorte)–until the cracks start to show. As towering a cinematic landmark as L'avventura or Weekend, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is a singular blend of feminism, modernism, and the avant-garde whose hypnotic editing and rigorous attention to detail make for a riveting, unforgettable experience. All of one's preconceived notions of what a movie is–its rhythms, its characterizations, its tension, its scope–are turned completely upside down in this demanding and uniquely rewarding masterwork, the work of a visionary artist whose refusal to compromise her vision results in a seminal cinematic experience for those willing to take the plunge. In French with English subtitles. (201 min.)
"Get your head out of your Netflix queue and run to a theatre to see Jeanne Dielman, a masterpiece and a landmark." –Amy Taubin, Artforum
"Majestic... nothing can quite prepare the viewer for the full force of Ms. Akerman's concentration." –Dennis Lim, The New York Times
NOTE SPECIAL STARTING TIME: Saturday, November 26 at 2:00 p.m.