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Director:
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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:
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Typology of Emptiness See more (32 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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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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This film is based on the real-life relationship between director Jean Eustache and actress Francoise Lebrun (who plays Veronika).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 often in love. I get involved with people quickly, and forget quickly. People don't matter.See more »
Movie Connections:
References A Woman Is a Woman (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
Falling in Love AgainSee more »

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Typology of Emptiness, 24 April 2009
Author: hasosch from United States

Unfortunately, Jean Eustache (1938-1981) belongs like so many once leading French film makers nowadays to the great unknown ones whose movies are hard to find and are not released on international DVDs. Since we have a good old-fashioned video-store in Tucson, I had the chance to watch this 3 1/2-hour marathon masterwork that is not boring for ten seconds.

Since we speak here about one of the most discussed (and most controversially discussed) movies of all times, let me tell you my impression that the endless dialogs, originally typical for the early "Nouvelle Vague" of a Jacques Rivette or Alain Resnais appear almost ridiculous in this movie. The dialogs are basically monologues, mainly the longest ones spoken by Jean-Pierre Léaud. The most characteristic feature is that the intersections of the speeches of two people is almost zero. Léaud, or his character, Alexandre, pleases to tell more about himself than about the topics he is seemingly to speak. Therefore, one can hardly speak about communication in this movie. It is well possible that the director had a gargantuan satire in mind against the idle running of the once so hotly discussed political and sociological ideas, but the type of man Alexandre exists to all times, we find him already in Petron's "Satiricon", which work has actually great resemblance with "The Mother and the Whore".

Alexandre does not only nothing, but he has developed an own kind of metaphysics about the absence of acting, at least acting in the sense of responsibility toward the society whose part he is. He mocks at the people who run to work at 7 c'clock in the morning, when he is just busy having his last drink before he goes to bed in the apartment of one of his girlfriends from whose money he lives. He is unable to speak one sentence without quoting one of the leading thinkers between Nietzsche and Bernanos. Especially Sartre who is shown quickly in the French intellectual café "Aux Deux Magots", where Alexandre, too, is sitting all day, must serve as excuse for the life-style of Alexandre and his colleagues, because they suffer existential crisis from bourgeois nausea. However, the intellectual speeches of Alexandre seem to be rather pseudo-intellectual, and the sentences and quips he cites seem to come rather from a dictionary of quotations than from his actual reading of the respective books.

It is true: This movie demands an extremely broad European knowledge, especially the connoisseurship of French existentialist philosophy and there consequences to the 68 student revolution movement, but if you have this knowledge, than you will enjoy 215 minutes of your life by staring amazed into the TV and crying out with laughing like you have probably not done it since a long time.

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