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Tiff Cinematheque presents a Summer in France: ‘The Mother and the Whore’ is uncompromising in recreating the frustrating banality of life

1 August 2012 12:16 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Mother and the Whore

Directed by Jean Eustache

Written by Jean Eustache

Meet Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Léaud); Alexandre loves to smoke, drinks nothing if it isn’t spiked with alcohol, and spends much of his waking existence reading newspapers and ogling women; doing all the aforementioned while languidly sitting in Parisian cafés.

He is chauvinistic, self-absorbed, lazy, unemployed, casuistic, and painfully pretentious. He talks a great deal, and listens on occasion, but above all, Alexandre carries an air of self-satisfaction and snarky didacticism with him wherever he goes.

In summation, he’s Parisian; or what foreigners believe Parisians to be.

In Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore, Alexandre is the film’s focal character, but also a stereotypical one. Hedonistic to a fault, Alexandre is the typical apparition of the envisioned Frenchman, the manifestation of our fanciful notions.

He is the man that indulges in the sensual pleasures »

- Justin Li

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Tiff Cinematheque presents a Summer in France: ‘The Mother and the Whore’ is uncompromising in recreating the frustrating banality of life

30 July 2012 8:13 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Mother and the Whore

Directed by Jean Eustache

Written by Jean Eustache

France, 1973

Meet Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Léaud); Alexandre loves to smoke, drinks nothing if it isn’t spiked with alcohol, and spends much of his waking existence reading newspapers and ogling women; doing all the aforementioned while languidly sitting in Parisian cafés.

He is chauvinistic, self-absorbed, lazy, unemployed, casuistic, and painfully pretentious. He talks a great deal, and listens on occasion, but above all, Alexandre carries an air of self-satisfaction and snarky didacticism with him wherever he goes.

In summation, he’s Parisian; or what foreigners believe Parisians to be.

In Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore, Alexandre is the film’s focal character, but also a stereotypical one. Hedonistic to a fault, Alexandre is the typical apparition of the envisioned Frenchman, the manifestation of our fanciful notions.

He is the man that indulges in the sensual »

- Justin Li

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