Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. 1975. Belgium/France. Written and directed by Chantal Akerman. In French; English subtitles. 202 min.
With Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Yves Bical. One of the most influential films of the 1970s, Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman describes, with meticulous detail, three days in the life of the title character, a middle-aged single mother and part-time prostitute (the magnificent Delphine Seyrig) who manages her clients with the same impersonal efficiency with which she washes potatoes. The film’s careful color scheme, lost in most circulating prints, has been restored digitally from the original 35mm color negative by Belgium’s Cinémathèque Royale.