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The Mother and the Whore ()

La maman et la putain (original title)
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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.

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Alexandre
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Marie
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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)
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(uncredited)
Jessa Darrieux ...
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Jean Douchet ...
Café de Flore's Customer (uncredited)
Douchka ...
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Bernard Eisenschitz ...
Café de Flore's Customer (uncredited)
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Man in Sunglasses in Store (uncredited)
Berthe Granval ...
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Caroline Loeb ...
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Marinka Matuszewski ...
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Geneviève Mnich ...
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Noël Simsolo ...
Café de Flore's Customer (uncredited)
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Café Les Deux Magots' Customer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jean Eustache

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Jean Eustache ... (scenario and dialogue)

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Alain Coiffier ... co-executive producer
Pierre Cottrell ... executive producer
Vincent Malle ... co-producer: V.M. Productions (uncredited)
Bob Rafelson ... producer (uncredited)

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Pierre Lhomme

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Denise de Casabianca
Jean Eustache

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Monique Prim ... assistant editor

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Catherine

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Claude Bertrand ... production manager

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Luc Béraud ... assistant director
Rémy Duchemin ... assistant director

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Nara Kollery ... sound mixer
Paul Lainé ... sound recordist
Jean-Pierre Ruh ... sound recordist

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Michel Cénet ... assistant camera
Pierre Lhomme ... camera operator
Bernard Prim ... still photographer
Jacques Renard ... assistant camera

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Irina Charitonoff ... script girl (as Irène Lhomme)

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Plot Summary

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 Marie affirms her indifference to Alexandre's affairs, she quickly changes her mind when she sees how close he becomes to Veronika. This leads to a growing estrangement between her and Alexandre. As the three sit together, Veronika attempts to reassure Marie about her looks and body. Tearfully, Veronika speaks about how she believes no women are truly whores, and how love is meaningless unless it produces a child.

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Also Known As
  • The Mother and the Whore (India, English title)
  • The Mother and the Whore (World-wide, English title)
  • The Mother and the Whore (United States)
  • The Mother and the Whore (Canada, English title)
  • The Mother and the Whore (United Kingdom)
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  • 217 min
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Trivia This film is based on the real-life relationship between director Jean Eustache and actress Francoise Lebrun (who plays Veronika). See more »
Goofs As Alexandre stands at the cafe 14 minutes into the movie, looking back, a pedestrian approaches after crossing the street, sees the camera, and self-consciously dodges to his right. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in European New Wave (2011). See more »
Soundtracks Ich weiß, es wird einmal ein Wunder gescheh'n See more »
Quotes Veronika: Why shouldn't women be able to say they want to fuck?
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