Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
directed by Chantal Akerman, France 1975, 201'
Called a feminist masterpiece, the avant-garde film from director Chantal Akerman is a more than three-hour-long observation of a lonely widow, Jeanne Dielman, during which she carries out her routine household tasks. The front-facing camera shows a woman cooking and washing dishes, for whom even sex work has become part of her mundane of everyday life. Soon, her household routine begins to unravel: she overcooks the potatoes that she's preparing for dinner, drops a newly washed spoon; the hierarchy is breaking down.