Emily Wang

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Whose Boredom?

Whose Boredom?

Jeanne Dielman is “boredom” in real time, but the question remains whose boredom it is. Is she bored, or are we?

You can sense Akerman’s irritation at the continual fascination with her youth; in a 2010 interview, she snapped back to a question about watching Godard’s Pierrot Le Fou, long cited as a life-changing experience for Akerman: “Oh, I have said that a hundred times. Forget about it. You know all about that. I have told that story one million times.”