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Jean Eustache (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
17 May 1973 (France) See more »
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Plot:
In Paris, the pedantic Alexandre lives with his mate Marie in her apartment, an open relationship. Alexandre... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(17 articles)
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A tremendous cinematic experience See more (33 total) »

Cast

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Bernadette Lafont ... Marie

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Alexandre
Françoise Lebrun ... Veronika
Isabelle Weingarten ... Gilberte
Jacques Renard ... Alexandre's Friend
Jean-Noël Picq ... Offenbach's Fan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Claude Biette ... Café Les Deux Magots' Customer (uncredited)
Pierre Cottrell ... (uncredited)
Jessa Darrieux ... (uncredited)
Jean Douchet ... Café de Flore's Customer (uncredited)
Douchka ... (uncredited)
Bernard Eisenschitz ... Café de Flore's Customer (uncredited)
Jean Eustache ... Man in Sunglasses in Store (uncredited)
Berthe Granval ... (uncredited)
Caroline Loeb ... (uncredited)
Marinka Matuszewski ... (uncredited)
Geneviève Mnich ... (uncredited)
Noël Simsolo ... Café de Flore's Customer (uncredited)

André Téchiné ... Café Les Deux Magots' Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Eustache 
 
Writing credits
Jean Eustache (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Pierre Cottrell .... executive producer
Vincent Malle .... co-producer: V.M. Productions (uncredited)
Bob Rafelson .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Pierre Lhomme 
 
Film Editing by
Denise de Casabianca 
Jean Eustache 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine 
 
Production Management
Claude Bertrand .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luc Béraud .... assistant director
Rémy Duchemin .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Nara Kollery .... sound mixer
Paul Lainé .... sound recordist
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michel Cénet .... assistant camera
Pierre Lhomme .... camera operator
Bernard Prim .... still photographer
Jacques Renard .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Monique Prim .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Irina Lhomme .... script girl (as Irène Lhomme)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La maman et la putain" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:217 min | Japan:217 min | UK:215 min | USA:210 min | France:217 min | Portugal:202 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jean Eustache wrote the role of Alexandre specifically for Jean-Pierre Leaud.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Veronika:I'm not reproaching you... On the contrary. My sadness isn't a reproach, you know. It's an old sadness I've dragged around for five years. Nothing to do with you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Les passagers (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Les Amants de ParisSee more »

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A tremendous cinematic experience, 28 July 2015
Author: CarlosERM from Venezuela

My rating: 8.0/10

My opinion on the film:

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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