Cinematic Horoscopes: Libra Season

By: Daisy Stackpole

We feature twelve films every month inspired by the twelve zodiac signs accompanied by lighthearted astrological advice.

  Libra:     Sarafina!  (1992)    directed by Darrell Roodt   Libra, as we move into your season, may we all feel a profound sense of balance within our lives. Represented by the scales of justice, Libras are known for being fair and peaceful.  Sarafina!  is the perfect film for you to watch during your birthday month, as it will both spark your never ending quest for what is right, but it will also indulge your love of all that is visually beautiful. Set in apartheid South Africa , the film centers around a school girl, Sarafina (Leleti Khumalo), who is moved to act against the deep injustices around her after her beloved teacher, Mary Mosumbuka (the delightful Whoopi Goldberg) is imprisoned for her participation in the resistance. Despite the upsetting subject matter of the film,  Sarafina!  is puzzlingly a musical, creating a juxtaposition that Libras might relate to. Though your heart always seeks righteousness, Libra, you have a difficult time approaching conflict head-on, instead creating change through diplomacy and your calm disposition. Sarafina moves through the world in a similar way; never indifferent to the atrocities of the world, but also never without hope and love. May this film inspire you to take on a new cause and to never be afraid to speak out against bigotry and ignorance.

Libra: Sarafina! (1992) directed by Darrell Roodt

Libra, as we move into your season, may we all feel a profound sense of balance within our lives. Represented by the scales of justice, Libras are known for being fair and peaceful. Sarafina! is the perfect film for you to watch during your birthday month, as it will both spark your never ending quest for what is right, but it will also indulge your love of all that is visually beautiful. Set in apartheid South Africa , the film centers around a school girl, Sarafina (Leleti Khumalo), who is moved to act against the deep injustices around her after her beloved teacher, Mary Mosumbuka (the delightful Whoopi Goldberg) is imprisoned for her participation in the resistance. Despite the upsetting subject matter of the film, Sarafina! is puzzlingly a musical, creating a juxtaposition that Libras might relate to. Though your heart always seeks righteousness, Libra, you have a difficult time approaching conflict head-on, instead creating change through diplomacy and your calm disposition. Sarafina moves through the world in a similar way; never indifferent to the atrocities of the world, but also never without hope and love. May this film inspire you to take on a new cause and to never be afraid to speak out against bigotry and ignorance.


  Scorpio:     The Love Witch  (2016)    directed by Anna Biller   Hello fellow Scorpios, as our season looms, I always tend to feel restless yet powerful. We know that we possess confidence and the aptitude to succeed in a multitude of areas, but sometimes we tend to misguide our cosmic gifts. Allow  The Love Witch  to inspire you to channel your abundance of energy. A film that is as subversive as it is aesthetically flawless, Anna Biller’s singular vision allows  The Love Witch  to be an atmospheric delight. Biller herself was responsible for the lion’s share of the production, tackling the writing, directing, editing, production design, and costume design by herself. While that is certainly a behemoth project to take on, the results are stunning, and as a Scorpio, I can relate to wanting to handle every detail of a creative project to ensure my vision is impeccably executed. Scorpios are known for their all encompassing obsessions, and Elaine (Samantha Robinson), the star of the film, can undoubtedly relate to that. A breathtakingly beautiful young witch, Elaine is determined to use her feminine wiles and occult knowledge to seduce a man. Unfortunately for her, the mortal men she attracts are too vulnerable to Elaine’s magic, and her spells render them needy and broken. Scorpios, you will feel at home watching  The Love Witch , a film that is both sumptuous and campy, made by and about women who follow their passions.

Scorpio: The Love Witch (2016) directed by Anna Biller

Hello fellow Scorpios, as our season looms, I always tend to feel restless yet powerful. We know that we possess confidence and the aptitude to succeed in a multitude of areas, but sometimes we tend to misguide our cosmic gifts. Allow The Love Witch to inspire you to channel your abundance of energy. A film that is as subversive as it is aesthetically flawless, Anna Biller’s singular vision allows The Love Witch to be an atmospheric delight. Biller herself was responsible for the lion’s share of the production, tackling the writing, directing, editing, production design, and costume design by herself. While that is certainly a behemoth project to take on, the results are stunning, and as a Scorpio, I can relate to wanting to handle every detail of a creative project to ensure my vision is impeccably executed. Scorpios are known for their all encompassing obsessions, and Elaine (Samantha Robinson), the star of the film, can undoubtedly relate to that. A breathtakingly beautiful young witch, Elaine is determined to use her feminine wiles and occult knowledge to seduce a man. Unfortunately for her, the mortal men she attracts are too vulnerable to Elaine’s magic, and her spells render them needy and broken. Scorpios, you will feel at home watching The Love Witch, a film that is both sumptuous and campy, made by and about women who follow their passions.


  Sagittarius:     Me and You and Everyone We Know  (2005)    directed by Miranda July   As Nicki Minaj raps in her hit song  Barbie Tingz,  “I’m in my prime, Optimus, Sagittarius so you know I’m an optimist”, Sagittarians are some of the most positive folks in the zodiac. You embody a fantastic combination of high intellect and deep emotional intelligence, Sags. The film for you this month is Miranda July’s studio debut,  Me and You and Everyone We Know , a strange and heady romantic comedy starring July as Christine, a cab driver for seniors and experimental video artist. Christine encounters down-on-his-luck shoe clerk Richard (John Hawkes). Through a myriad of interwoven stories, the pair explore the exciting and awkward first days of a new romantic relationship. July is an expert at expressing the nuances of the human experience we all know but rarely have words to convey, a quality Sags will appreciate. Allow this sweet, strange delight of a film to take your mind and heart to the places you’ve been scared to explore.

Sagittarius: Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) directed by Miranda July

As Nicki Minaj raps in her hit song Barbie Tingz, “I’m in my prime, Optimus, Sagittarius so you know I’m an optimist”, Sagittarians are some of the most positive folks in the zodiac. You embody a fantastic combination of high intellect and deep emotional intelligence, Sags. The film for you this month is Miranda July’s studio debut, Me and You and Everyone We Know, a strange and heady romantic comedy starring July as Christine, a cab driver for seniors and experimental video artist. Christine encounters down-on-his-luck shoe clerk Richard (John Hawkes). Through a myriad of interwoven stories, the pair explore the exciting and awkward first days of a new romantic relationship. July is an expert at expressing the nuances of the human experience we all know but rarely have words to convey, a quality Sags will appreciate. Allow this sweet, strange delight of a film to take your mind and heart to the places you’ve been scared to explore.


  Capricorn:     Party Girl  (1995)    directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer   Capricorn, known as the hardest working zodiac sign, you’ve probably had at least one friend encourage you to get out more and strive for a work/life balance. Mary (Parker Posey), the star of Daisy von Scherler Mayer’s cult classic  Party Girl , has the opposite problem. A  flaneuse  of New York City, Mary waltzes aimlessly from one happening to the next, always decked in an amazing outfit, until she is arrested for throwing an illegal rave. She calls upon her Godmother, Judy (Sasha von Scherler) to bail her out, but her freedom comes with a stipulation; Mary must work at a New York Public Library, a position Judy secures for her. A surprise to both Mary and the audience, Mary excels at her job, quickly mastering the Dewey Decimal System. However, as old habits die hard, we wonder if Mary will be able to sustain her mundane job and keep up appearances at clubs and parties. Capricorn, let Mary be a foil to your workaholic nature, and take inspiration from her quest for balance and contentment in her life, as you strive for the same in yours.

Capricorn: Party Girl (1995) directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer

Capricorn, known as the hardest working zodiac sign, you’ve probably had at least one friend encourage you to get out more and strive for a work/life balance. Mary (Parker Posey), the star of Daisy von Scherler Mayer’s cult classic Party Girl, has the opposite problem. A flaneuse of New York City, Mary waltzes aimlessly from one happening to the next, always decked in an amazing outfit, until she is arrested for throwing an illegal rave. She calls upon her Godmother, Judy (Sasha von Scherler) to bail her out, but her freedom comes with a stipulation; Mary must work at a New York Public Library, a position Judy secures for her. A surprise to both Mary and the audience, Mary excels at her job, quickly mastering the Dewey Decimal System. However, as old habits die hard, we wonder if Mary will be able to sustain her mundane job and keep up appearances at clubs and parties. Capricorn, let Mary be a foil to your workaholic nature, and take inspiration from her quest for balance and contentment in her life, as you strive for the same in yours.



  Aquarius:     The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito)  (2011)    directed by Pedro Almodovar   Aquarius, if my suggestion for your Virgo season movie didn’t thoroughly pique your curiosity, I hope this one can. Directed by the Spanish cinematic king of erotic thrillers, Pedro Almodovar, and based on the equally dark and twisted novel,  Tarantula, The Skin I Live In  is a sexy, psychological horror flick. The film stars former Almodovar collaborator Antonio Banderas as Robert Ledgard, a plastic surgeon who has invented an artificial skin that can withstand burns and other forms of trauma. A tortured genius banned from practicing medicine legally, Ledgard lives in a reclusive Modern estate along with his daughter, Norma (Blanca Suarez), and housekeeper Marilla (Marisa Paredes). Along with these inhabitants, Ledgard is also harboring a captive, a stunning woman name Vera (the exquisite Elena Anaya). Without giving away too much of the incredibly complex and strange plot, I will say that the film revolves around themes of sex, dreams, deception, and power; which will entice many an Aquarian. Notoriously guarded, I hope the deep emotional energy that this film possesses will allow you to open up to the ones around you and continue to push you into the realms of the unknown.

Aquarius: The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito) (2011) directed by Pedro Almodovar

Aquarius, if my suggestion for your Virgo season movie didn’t thoroughly pique your curiosity, I hope this one can. Directed by the Spanish cinematic king of erotic thrillers, Pedro Almodovar, and based on the equally dark and twisted novel, Tarantula, The Skin I Live In is a sexy, psychological horror flick. The film stars former Almodovar collaborator Antonio Banderas as Robert Ledgard, a plastic surgeon who has invented an artificial skin that can withstand burns and other forms of trauma. A tortured genius banned from practicing medicine legally, Ledgard lives in a reclusive Modern estate along with his daughter, Norma (Blanca Suarez), and housekeeper Marilla (Marisa Paredes). Along with these inhabitants, Ledgard is also harboring a captive, a stunning woman name Vera (the exquisite Elena Anaya). Without giving away too much of the incredibly complex and strange plot, I will say that the film revolves around themes of sex, dreams, deception, and power; which will entice many an Aquarian. Notoriously guarded, I hope the deep emotional energy that this film possesses will allow you to open up to the ones around you and continue to push you into the realms of the unknown.



  Pisces:       Mississippi Masala     (1991) directed by Mira Nair   Pisces, you are the empaths of the zodiac, you can tell how others are feeling without them saying a word. Wise and curious, you long to understand the full breadth of humanity; the good, the bad, and the ugly. One such film that will allow you to explore the most tender and the most violent sides of humanity is Mira Nair’s  Mississippi Masala.  This film tells the story of Mina, a bright young woman, who along with her parents, is forced to leave her home in Uganda, where her family has resided for generations. After moving around for a few years, Mina and her family settle down in Greenwood, Mississippi, a small town on the edge of the Mississippi Delta. Here, Mina meets a kindhearted and charming man named Demetrius (Denzel Washington), and the two develop feelings for each other. Though both Demetrius and Mina accept the other for who they are, and are not insecure about their racial identities, Mina’s family is prejudiced against African Americans, and the Black community is wary of Mina and her family. This film is incredibly evocative and romantic, which you will appreciate, Pisces. Allow  Mississippi Masala  to help you question your place in the world and your own identity, just as Mina does throughout this beautiful movie.

Pisces: Mississippi Masala (1991) directed by Mira Nair

Pisces, you are the empaths of the zodiac, you can tell how others are feeling without them saying a word. Wise and curious, you long to understand the full breadth of humanity; the good, the bad, and the ugly. One such film that will allow you to explore the most tender and the most violent sides of humanity is Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala. This film tells the story of Mina, a bright young woman, who along with her parents, is forced to leave her home in Uganda, where her family has resided for generations. After moving around for a few years, Mina and her family settle down in Greenwood, Mississippi, a small town on the edge of the Mississippi Delta. Here, Mina meets a kindhearted and charming man named Demetrius (Denzel Washington), and the two develop feelings for each other. Though both Demetrius and Mina accept the other for who they are, and are not insecure about their racial identities, Mina’s family is prejudiced against African Americans, and the Black community is wary of Mina and her family. This film is incredibly evocative and romantic, which you will appreciate, Pisces. Allow Mississippi Masala to help you question your place in the world and your own identity, just as Mina does throughout this beautiful movie.



  Aries:     Bend It Like Beckham  (2002)    directed by Gurinder Chadha   Aries, it is widely known that you are not one to be messed with. The first sign of the zodiac, you are natural leaders, and you know how to treat your followers with dignity and diplomacy. Also one of the most active zodiac signs, I wouldn’t be surprised if many Aries readers are athletes in one way or another. So, I thought the perfect film for you would be a fun throwback,  Bend It Like Beckham!  Starring Parminder Nagra as Jess and Keira Knightley as Jules, the film centers around these two girls from different backgrounds who share a mutual affinity for football (soccer to us Americans). While Jules’ English parents support her playing for the Hounslow Harriers, Jess must hide this side of her life from her conservative Indian immigrant parents. Throughout the film, in delightfully written and acted scenes, the girls navigate friendship, growing up, romance, and of course, football. There is much to be learned here about bravery and leadership, traits that are instinctual to you, Aries, but it never hurts to study how other strong women thrive. Use this opportunity to reflect on how you can step up to take on a leadership role or take on a new challenge.

Aries: Bend It Like Beckham (2002) directed by Gurinder Chadha

Aries, it is widely known that you are not one to be messed with. The first sign of the zodiac, you are natural leaders, and you know how to treat your followers with dignity and diplomacy. Also one of the most active zodiac signs, I wouldn’t be surprised if many Aries readers are athletes in one way or another. So, I thought the perfect film for you would be a fun throwback, Bend It Like Beckham! Starring Parminder Nagra as Jess and Keira Knightley as Jules, the film centers around these two girls from different backgrounds who share a mutual affinity for football (soccer to us Americans). While Jules’ English parents support her playing for the Hounslow Harriers, Jess must hide this side of her life from her conservative Indian immigrant parents. Throughout the film, in delightfully written and acted scenes, the girls navigate friendship, growing up, romance, and of course, football. There is much to be learned here about bravery and leadership, traits that are instinctual to you, Aries, but it never hurts to study how other strong women thrive. Use this opportunity to reflect on how you can step up to take on a leadership role or take on a new challenge.



  Taurus:       Aquarius  (2016)    directed by Kleber Mendonca Filho   Ok, so this one is obviously a bit cheeky because the film is called  Aquarius  and I’m giving it to you this month, Taurus. Criminally underseen when it was released, this Brazilian film, starring legendary actor Sonia Braga, represents everything good and bad about the sign of the bull. Braga plays Clara, a fiercely independent and headstrong woman who has lived in her cozy beachside apartment for most of her adult life - through marriage, children, a career as a powerful journalist, and a battle with breast cancer. Her home is her sanctuary and a physical representation of her life’s journey; that is until a real estate development company wants to force Clara out of her home, to build a larger and newer property. The other residents accept the company’s offer to buy them out of their building (named The Aquarius, hence the title), but Clara refuses. She is stubborn and assertive in her decision, which further enrages the bosses of the development company, Geraldo (Fernando Teixeira) and his imperious and smug grandson, Diego (Humberto Carrao), who scheme up ways to torment Clara into leaving the apartment, like throwing Bacchanalian orgies. I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that Clara does not give up without a fight. Taurus, sometimes your stubbornness gets the best of you, and it makes you cantankerous and obdurate. However, your obstinacy is truly a gift when reserved for the occasions that matter, and I sincerely hope this film allows you to reflect on that.

Taurus: Aquarius (2016) directed by Kleber Mendonca Filho

Ok, so this one is obviously a bit cheeky because the film is called Aquarius and I’m giving it to you this month, Taurus. Criminally underseen when it was released, this Brazilian film, starring legendary actor Sonia Braga, represents everything good and bad about the sign of the bull. Braga plays Clara, a fiercely independent and headstrong woman who has lived in her cozy beachside apartment for most of her adult life - through marriage, children, a career as a powerful journalist, and a battle with breast cancer. Her home is her sanctuary and a physical representation of her life’s journey; that is until a real estate development company wants to force Clara out of her home, to build a larger and newer property. The other residents accept the company’s offer to buy them out of their building (named The Aquarius, hence the title), but Clara refuses. She is stubborn and assertive in her decision, which further enrages the bosses of the development company, Geraldo (Fernando Teixeira) and his imperious and smug grandson, Diego (Humberto Carrao), who scheme up ways to torment Clara into leaving the apartment, like throwing Bacchanalian orgies. I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that Clara does not give up without a fight. Taurus, sometimes your stubbornness gets the best of you, and it makes you cantankerous and obdurate. However, your obstinacy is truly a gift when reserved for the occasions that matter, and I sincerely hope this film allows you to reflect on that.



  Gemini:     Pariah  (2011)    directed by Dee Rees   Gemini, as I mentioned last time, you catch a lot of flack for supposedly being unreliable, flaky, and two-faced. But in my experience with Geminis, you are some of the most deeply empathetic and kind hearted humans you’ll meet. I’ve always seen the duality of Geminis as less of being deceptive and fake, and more about the way you can see both sides of an argument, and can understand and embrace the complexities of people with more ease than anyone else. For your film, I chose Dee Rees’ gorgeous film,  Pariah . Adepero Oduye quietly shines as Alike, a 17 year old girl who lives with her conservative parents in the suburbs of New York City, but night goes out to lesbian clubs at night with her older friend Laura (Pernell Walker), as a queer guide. Alike’s conservative family vehemently disapproves of her sexuality, and as the film progresses, Alike must grow up quickly and decide if she must hide this crucial part of herself to remain in her family’s good graces, or forge her own path fully embracing her identity. Gemini, use this powerful film as a tool to introspect on your own duality, and the choices you have made to make yourself or others comfortable.

Gemini: Pariah (2011) directed by Dee Rees

Gemini, as I mentioned last time, you catch a lot of flack for supposedly being unreliable, flaky, and two-faced. But in my experience with Geminis, you are some of the most deeply empathetic and kind hearted humans you’ll meet. I’ve always seen the duality of Geminis as less of being deceptive and fake, and more about the way you can see both sides of an argument, and can understand and embrace the complexities of people with more ease than anyone else. For your film, I chose Dee Rees’ gorgeous film, Pariah. Adepero Oduye quietly shines as Alike, a 17 year old girl who lives with her conservative parents in the suburbs of New York City, but night goes out to lesbian clubs at night with her older friend Laura (Pernell Walker), as a queer guide. Alike’s conservative family vehemently disapproves of her sexuality, and as the film progresses, Alike must grow up quickly and decide if she must hide this crucial part of herself to remain in her family’s good graces, or forge her own path fully embracing her identity. Gemini, use this powerful film as a tool to introspect on your own duality, and the choices you have made to make yourself or others comfortable.



  Cancer:    The Babadook (2014)    directed by Jennifer Kent   Cancer, out of all the water signs, you are the least attracted to the macabre and supernatural. I wanted to take you out of your element this month by choosing a horror film for you, it is almost Halloween, afterall. The selection process for this was easy, I recalled immediately a film that combines the hardships of motherhood, emotional depth, and a terrifying monster,  The Babadook . Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut, Kent collaborated with college friend Essie Davis, who stars in the film as Amelia, a widowed caretaker and mother to Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a violent and troubled young boy. Attempting to lure Samuel into going to sleep one night, Amelia reads to him a strange book called  The Babadook,  which reads like very dark nursery rhyme of sorts. After this night, Samuel’s troubled behavior becomes increasingly erratic, and when questioned, he blames the Babadook for his actions. Of course Amelia is in disbelief of what she sees as a preposterous claim, that is until the Babadook begins appearing to her as well. What it as once both an excellent and fun horror flick and a delicate study of motherhood, I hope this film will entertain you, Cancer. As a Cancer, there is pressure to have a positive and strong relationship with one’s mother, but of course, not everyone has a mother, and even the best mothers are flawed. I know many Cancers who grow resentful of their mothers due to their imperfections, and I hope watching The Babadook will serve as a reminder that mothers are first and foremost humans. Mothers are messy, and that is someone we all must accept and embrace.

Cancer: The Babadook (2014) directed by Jennifer Kent

Cancer, out of all the water signs, you are the least attracted to the macabre and supernatural. I wanted to take you out of your element this month by choosing a horror film for you, it is almost Halloween, afterall. The selection process for this was easy, I recalled immediately a film that combines the hardships of motherhood, emotional depth, and a terrifying monster, The Babadook. Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut, Kent collaborated with college friend Essie Davis, who stars in the film as Amelia, a widowed caretaker and mother to Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a violent and troubled young boy. Attempting to lure Samuel into going to sleep one night, Amelia reads to him a strange book called The Babadook, which reads like very dark nursery rhyme of sorts. After this night, Samuel’s troubled behavior becomes increasingly erratic, and when questioned, he blames the Babadook for his actions. Of course Amelia is in disbelief of what she sees as a preposterous claim, that is until the Babadook begins appearing to her as well. What it as once both an excellent and fun horror flick and a delicate study of motherhood, I hope this film will entertain you, Cancer. As a Cancer, there is pressure to have a positive and strong relationship with one’s mother, but of course, not everyone has a mother, and even the best mothers are flawed. I know many Cancers who grow resentful of their mothers due to their imperfections, and I hope watching The Babadook will serve as a reminder that mothers are first and foremost humans. Mothers are messy, and that is someone we all must accept and embrace.


  Leo:     Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami  (2017)    directed by Sophie Fiennes   Ok, so I gave you a hard time last go around, Leos, but Leo season is overwhelming! To make it up to you, I chose an incredible documentary this month about an icon I know Leos will vibe with,  Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami . Directed by Sophie Fiennes, who in the past has worked on creative powerhouses like  The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover , Fiennes takes an unconventional documentary approach to capture Grace Jones both on the world stage and in intimate moments. Combining decades of concert footage with personal footage from Jones, the film acts a portrait and homage to Jones and her incredible career. With  Bloodlight and Bami , we see both the persona and the reality of Jones, and of course get to gander at her enviable wardrobe. Leos, as the entertainers of the zodiac, and lovers of beauty and fashion, this film is right up your alley. Allow Jones’ singular creativity and elegance to inspire you to start a new creative project.

Leo: Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017) directed by Sophie Fiennes

Ok, so I gave you a hard time last go around, Leos, but Leo season is overwhelming! To make it up to you, I chose an incredible documentary this month about an icon I know Leos will vibe with, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. Directed by Sophie Fiennes, who in the past has worked on creative powerhouses like The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover, Fiennes takes an unconventional documentary approach to capture Grace Jones both on the world stage and in intimate moments. Combining decades of concert footage with personal footage from Jones, the film acts a portrait and homage to Jones and her incredible career. With Bloodlight and Bami, we see both the persona and the reality of Jones, and of course get to gander at her enviable wardrobe. Leos, as the entertainers of the zodiac, and lovers of beauty and fashion, this film is right up your alley. Allow Jones’ singular creativity and elegance to inspire you to start a new creative project.


  Virgo:     Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels  (1975)    directed by Chantal Akerman   Virgo, as your season comes to a close, I want to give you a quiet, meditative film to watch and mull over. One of the most detail and routine-oriented signs, Virgos constantly crave control and order. In Belgian auteur Chantal Akerman’s seminal movie,  Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels , we see a deliciously mundane portrait of Jeanne Dielman (Delphine Seyrig), a single mom who performs the same routine on a loop of cooking, cleaning, caring for her son, and also dabbling in sex work in order to support herself and her family. Yes, this film is notoriously long, but it is not boring; despite the fact that you are watching a woman peel and chop vegetables for dinner, you are entranced, as we all can be when confronted with the intricacies of life portrayed with beauty. As the film continues, Jeanne’s rituals become trivially tainted, but the alteration to normality effects her psyche in a major way. Virgo, my wish for you is to watch this film, enjoy it fully, and question whether or not the control you’ve asserted over your life is actually serving you, or if it’s time to loosen the reigns a bit.

Virgo: Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (1975) directed by Chantal Akerman

Virgo, as your season comes to a close, I want to give you a quiet, meditative film to watch and mull over. One of the most detail and routine-oriented signs, Virgos constantly crave control and order. In Belgian auteur Chantal Akerman’s seminal movie, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels, we see a deliciously mundane portrait of Jeanne Dielman (Delphine Seyrig), a single mom who performs the same routine on a loop of cooking, cleaning, caring for her son, and also dabbling in sex work in order to support herself and her family. Yes, this film is notoriously long, but it is not boring; despite the fact that you are watching a woman peel and chop vegetables for dinner, you are entranced, as we all can be when confronted with the intricacies of life portrayed with beauty. As the film continues, Jeanne’s rituals become trivially tainted, but the alteration to normality effects her psyche in a major way. Virgo, my wish for you is to watch this film, enjoy it fully, and question whether or not the control you’ve asserted over your life is actually serving you, or if it’s time to loosen the reigns a bit.


Daisy Stackpole