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The Mother and the Whore (1973)

La maman et la putain (original title)
The chauvinist Alexandre balances relationships with several women, including the maternal Marie and the sexually liberated Veronika, in the post-1968 intellectual scene of Paris.

Director:

Jean Eustache

Writer:

Jean Eustache (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bernadette Lafont ... Marie
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Alexandre
Françoise Lebrun Françoise Lebrun ... Veronika
Isabelle Weingarten Isabelle Weingarten ... Gilberte
Jacques Renard Jacques Renard ... Alexandre's Friend
Jean-Noël Picq Jean-Noël Picq ... Offenbach's Fan
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Storyline

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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 May 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mother and the Whore See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Eustache was adamant about the actors following the script without changing a word. Because of this, Jean-Pierre Léaud spent three months memorizing his lines before the start of filming. See more »

Goofs

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

Alexandre: Why snatched the hope if not even know what you want?
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Connections

References Spirits of the Dead (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Falling in Love Again
Written by Friedrich Hollaender with English lyrics by Samuel Lerner
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
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A beautiful film
29 March 2004 | by mike-710See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film. My personal second best film of all time. ("Les Mepris" by Jean -Luc Goddard being the first.) La Maman et La Putain is beautiful in its evocation of the complicated emotions that arise in loving and / or sexual relationships. Jean Eustache is a man I would have liked to have had a chat with. He was an intelligent observer of l'etat humaine.No daftie. This film was made over thirty years ago but to me is contemporary in the manner in which it discusses the eternal themes of human interaction. The monolgue by the character Veronika is sheer brilliance..in acting and writing...this particular scene is cinema or drama at its best. Never seen anything to compete with it in the cinema yet. Thoroughly recommend this film. Three and a half hours. So?


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