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From the Kitchen to the Shower

Jeanne Dielman (Photo courtesy of The Criterion Collection)

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du commerce, 1080 bruxelles What are the films you lie about having seen ? A friend posed this question to me recently, and it’s a telling query. Not only about your own ethical barometer, but also about what films are deemed unmissable — and by default make you worthy of shame for not having made the time to watch them. For years, my dirty secret was that I had never seen Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. When I confessed this, the responses were of shock. It’s not just that Akerman was a […]

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