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The Mother and the Whore

The Mother and the Whore

The Mother and the Whore

1973 / 210min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JEAN EUSTACHE

CAST: JEAN-PIERRE LéAUD, FRANçOISE LEBRUN, BERNADETTE LAFONT

SCREENPLAY - JEAN EUSTACHE
CINEMATOGRAPHY - PIERRE LHOMME
FILM EDITING - DENISE DE CASABIANCA AND JEAN EUSTACHE

Jean Eustache’s biggest claim to fame—or, in some circles, notoriety—is this endlessly captivating, dialogue-driven, lightly autobiographical masterpiece. Jean-Pierre Léaud perfectly embodies Alexandre, a hangdog romantic who eventually becomes involved in a three-way affair with two women, played by Bernadette Lafont and Françoise Lebrun. A blistering yet humane portrait of post–May ’68 waywardness and sexual discontent, The Mother and the Whore is a caustically funny and intellectually rich film that generates partisans whenever it screens. Filmmaker Philippe Garrel wrote, “Jean Eustache is a genius. The Mother and the Whore is the Rules of the Game of our generation.”

Actor Françoise Lebrun will appear in person at the March 9 screening.