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The Mother and the Whore (1973)
"La maman et la putain" (original title)

 |  Drama, Romance  |  17 May 1973 (France)
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In Paris, the pedantic Alexandre lives with his mate Marie in her apartment, an open relationship. Alexandre, who is idle and chauvinist, spends his days reading, drinking and shagging ... See full summary »

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In Paris, the pedantic Alexandre lives with his mate Marie in her apartment, an open relationship. Alexandre, who is idle and chauvinist, spends his days reading, drinking and shagging women. After flirting with his former affair, Gilberte, who tells him that she will marry soon her boyfriend, Alexandre meets the Laenne Hospital nurse Veronika Osterwald and they schedule a date. Alexandre learns that Veronika is a promiscuous woman that loves to shag and introduces her to Marie. They have a threesome and Alexandre has a crush on Veronika. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This film is based on the real-life relationship between director Jean Eustache and actress Francoise Lebrun (who plays Veronika). See more »

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While reading the book of Gestapo at his friend's home, Alexandre is holding a cigarette in his right hand in the close-up. In the next shot he is only holding the book. See more »

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Veronika: I followed you because I wanted to be with you. You know what? I'd like to fuck you again. I love you and I want to fuck you again.
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Les Amants de Paris
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A tremendous cinematic experience
28 July 2015 | by (Venezuela) – See all my reviews

My rating: 8.0/10

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A wonderful piece of work, The Mother and the Whore (original French title, La maman et la putain), directed by Jean Eustache, is a film I really liked that captivated my senses and my mind even if it didn't fully conquer my soul and heart, but on further rewatches I'm sure it eventually will for it is just not monumentally epic in length (something that is pretty obvious and indisputable) but also epically intimate in its ideas.

What I got from it were, among other things, three and a half beautiful and powerful hours of a film that was admirable in its entirety. Hardly ever a love triangle must have been portrayed with more passion and intellectual commitment, since it's infinitely much more than just a romantic film; it offers a deep exploration on the dynamics of human relationships, as well as manhood and womanhood in general.

With sublime dialogues and really intense and often passionately soulful, poignant and thrilling monologues, it was a film that owes most of its greatness to Eustache's own writing. Regardless of which, the cast led by Jean-Pierre Léaud, Bernadette Lafont and Françoise Lebrun was also phenomenal and equally deserving of a mention.

Its length can be a problem to 99% of viewers or so, but while in the end I was indeed exhausted, I was in the best of ways and oddly time wasn't a concern as such, but instead the roller coaster of emotions and sensations that flowed out of the screen, which can be overwhelming to anyone, I would say. Nevertheless, what a tremendous cinematic experience I had with it.


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