Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

Listen... this movie had me so fucked up. By about the mid point of day 1 it was unbearable and I noticed that my mind really started to wonder. By the middle of the second day I was actually having a panic attack. In watching the mundanity of life, my mind would not stop thinking about my current place in life. Intrusive thoughts of all kind just assaulted me endlessly. It didn’t help that it around two in the morning and I was trying to stay calm, but I absolutely could not. I was rocking back and forth with my head in my lap for such a long time and even after the movie ended I was stuck in that same state all night and into the next day. Even now, two days later, I’m still thinking about this and am still in a noticeably more anxious state. I’ve felt pretty depressed after watching some movies, but nothing quite like the crushing experience this film is. I didn’t watch the criterion version, I had some fucked up version so I guess I’ll watch this again at some point. Probably not soon, but maybe when I’m less emotionally and mentally strained.