In Paris, Alexandre, an unemployed young man with memories of the May 1968 events in France, attempts to persuade his former love, Gilberte, to marry him. Gilberte opts to instead marry another man. Alexandre is involved with a live-in girlfriend called Marie, and is interested in films such as The Working Class Goes to Heaven. One day, after an unsuccessful reconciliation with Gilberte at the highly popular Les Deux Magots café, he meets Veronika, a Polish French twenty-something nurse. In the midst of the sexual revolution, Veronika is highly promiscuous, and begins to make advances on Alexandre. During the summer of 1972, Alexandre and Marie are nude in bed in their apartment when Veronika visits. Marie lets her in and Veronika insults both of them, but acknowledges she is not pure herself. The three begin a ménage à trois and sleep in the same bed, with Veronika assuring Alexandre she and Marie both love him, and telling him to be more happy with his situation and life. Although ...
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Jean Eustache wrote the role of Alexandre specifically for Jean-Pierre Leaud. See more
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
I wish I could talk like that. I get more or less, but I would do it perfectly. And suddenly say at a table full of people: Apparently, black women make love very much. When the man puts his penis into the vagina say it's hot as an oven. He told me a manager of the colonies. Talking to the words of another, that's what I want. That must be freedom.
References Modern Times
Les Amants de Paris
Music by Léo Ferré
Lyrics by Léo Ferré
and Eddy Marnay
Performed by Édith Piaf See more