Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

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I fell in love with a dead woman because of this film. My first Akerman movie. A grand epic that celebrates the mundane routine of life and everyday womanhood. Provocative in it’s length, form and meaning but so hypnotic and rewarding. Three days in the life of Jeanne Dielman in three hours, twenty minutes. Repetition and slight alterations build tension and danger. Who knew burning potatoes could be a legit plot point? Delphine Seyrig is a queen. She gives a massive performance of tiny moments. She’s a single mother. She’s strong. She’s sexy. She’s an every-woman. Akerman uses David Lean length to tell this woman’s story? Just lovely. She takes her experiments in structuralism and develops them into a true masterwork of world cinema and art. Akerman was only twenty four when she made this movie. Twenty four. After watching Jeanne Dielman I printed a photo out of Akerman from the 70s and framed it on my office wall. I found out she died last October and my heart broke. I will never get to tell her in person how much seeing this movie meant to me. One of the best films I’ve ever seen and slightly life-changing. Incredible. Tu es belle.

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