1 - Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) - 8/10
- #51 (soon to be #1)
- A 40 something Belgian widow goes about her daily routine over a three day period. She has dinner with her son, cooks, cleans, runs errands, takes a bath, babysits, has sex with men for money before her son comes home from school, and so on. Based on the length of the film and the description, I went in expecting to be bored with the film and to not really like it. I ended up being pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it. I wouldn't rank it among my all time favorites by any means, but it was good.
2 - The Headless Woman (2008) - 6/10
- A woman runs over a dog while momentarily distracted by her cell phone while on a deserted road. She is shaken up and doesn't get out to check on it. She continues to be out of sorts for days to come as she convinces herself that she might have actually run over a child instead of a dog. The film seemed a bit lifeless at times and while it isn't bad, it didn't really do much for me.
3 - Le Bonheur (1965) - 7.5/10
- Francois is happily married with a beautiful wife and two young children. They enjoy taking picnics out in the woods. He meets a young single woman and embarks on a relationship with her as well and this only increases his happiness. I've seen this film described as horror wrapped in sunny colors and the description seems to fit. It is very nicely shot.
4 - Portrait of Jason (1967) - 7.5/10
- #597 (and #59 on the Doc list)
- This film features is essentially just 105 minutes of Jason Holiday being interviewed by Shirley Clarke and another person from off camera. Jason is a good storyteller who seems to love the attention. The first half hour was pretty hilarious, but the rest of it was okay, but not as good. I'm not sure if it was because I was tiring a bit of the shtick, but suspect that was only part of it. Still, overall an interesting film.
5 - Wanda (1970) - 4/10
- #261 (and #73 on the 75 HG list)
- Wanda is a not very bright woman whose husband divorces her and keeps their young children since she was neglectful of them. Wanda readily agrees to the divorce and starts wandering, sleeping with men who buy her drinks and give her a place to sleep. She ends up traveling around with a small time criminal who doesn't treat her very well. The film is kind of a slog to get through with uninteresting characters and situations. I didn't think the acting was that great either. The most interesting part of the film was seeing the cars , buildings, etc. from that time period.
I thought it would be good to start the challenge with the new #1. This is going to be my main challenge this month. I've got around 120 films lined up, though I don't know if I'll be able to get through all of them.
1 - Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) - 8/10 - #51 (soon to be #1)
2 - The Headless Woman (2008) - 6/10 - #464
3 - Le Bonheur (1965) - 7.5/10 - #763
4 - Portrait of Jason (1967) - 7.5/10 - #597 (and #59 on the Doc list)
5 - Wanda (1970) - 4/10 - #261 (and #73 on the 75 HG list)