VINTAGE FILM Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

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Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

You’ve probably never heard of this masterpiece of Belgian cinéma, but it’s been trending since its DVD release. What happens is that Jeanne, a single mother, works by day as a lady of the night (while her son is at school). And then – well, we won’t spoil it. The New York Times called it the “first masterpiece of the feminine in the history of the cinema”. And The Village Voice named it the 19th greatest film of the 20th century (neither Cuckoo’s Nest nor Dog Day made the top 100). If you can find a copy, it might be worth a watch before casting your vote.

Director: Chantal Akerman

Starring: Delphine Seyrig, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Jan Decorte

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